Jean-Claude Baker did an exhaustive amount of research into the life of Josephine Baker, including the identity of her biological father. In the book, he discusses at length the circumstances surrounding Josephine Baker's birth: The records of the city of St. Louis tell an almost unbelievable story. She was discharged on June 17, her baby, Freda J.
Cook, a social worker and former stand-up comedian. Cook first appeared in a public service announcement for foster care at seven years of age, and began working as a child print model at the age of 10, most notably in nationwide advertisements for Target and appearing on the boxes of Milk-Bone dog biscuits. Career[ edit ] Acting and modeling[ edit ] Cook began auditioning for acting work at the age of In , her modeling agency sent her to star in a short film, 26 Summer Street.