This is the fascinating tale of Josaphine Baker, the delightful black Cabaret star of 1920's Paris, famous for her cheeky comedy dance wearing nothing but a skimpy skirt of satin bananas!! This talk charts her humble beginnings, her life, loves, career and ultimate financial ruin - but only after her decoration by De Gaulle for her heroic and inspiring work for the French during WW2! Illustrated with photos, video and music clips with a screen, projector and amplifier.
Melissa has worked for 30 years as a professional voice-over, actor and singer, working regularly for BBC Radio 4. Through an initial involvement with the W.I., she added the strings of Public Speaking to her professional bow a few years ago, and has now gained much experience - including addressing 2000+ ladies at the Lancashire Federation W.I. Autumn General Meeting at the King Georges Hall in Blackburn. Melissa speaks on various subjects, usually concerning the performance arts - and with a good dousing of humour.
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