On April 8, 1975, Baker starred in a retrospective revue in Paris celebrating her 50 years in show business. The revue, financed notably by Prince Rainier, Princess Grace, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
opened to rave reviews. Demand for seating was such that fold-out chairs had to be added to accommodate spectators. The opening-night audience included Sophia Loren, Mick Jagger, Shirley Bassey, Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli.
Four days later, Josephine’s body was found lying peacefully in her bed surrounded by newspapers with glowing reviews of her performance.