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|Also Known As:||Died:||April 12, 1975|
|Born:||June 3, 1906||Cause of Death:||cerebral hemorrhage|
|Birth Place:||St Louis, Missouri, USA||Profession:||Music ...|
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Debut as nightclub singer, Harlem, New York, at age eight
Worked as a chorus girl in Broadway's first black musical, "Shuffle Along"
Arrived in Paris with La Revue Negre and became an overnight sensation with her "Danse Sauvage" number
Met Pepito Abatino and introduced her famous topless "Banana Dance" as a headliner at the Folies Bergere
First film appearance in silent French short, "La folie du jour"
Embarked on a year-long tour of European capitals
Recorded six songs for Columbia Records in Paris, including "J'ai Deux Amours/I Have Two Loves"
Starred in her two best-remembered films, "Zouzou" (1934) and "Princess Tam Tam" (1935)
Returned to America to appear in the "Ziegfeld Follies" with Fanny Brice and Bob Hope, resulting in scathing reviews and breakup with Abatino
Erroneous reports of Baker's death surfaced; entertained WWII troops
Carried secret messages through enemy lines; became French Resistance fighter
Returned to America and opened at Copa City in Miami, performing only before integrated audiences
Refused dinner service at New York's Stork Club on the basis of her race on same night columnist (and fan) Walter Winchell was at the club; told incident to press, incriminating all the guests (including Winchell, who then began a press campaign against her, labelling Baker a communist); career seriously harmed
Toured America and joined civil rights march on Washington, DC
Had first heart attack; lost her French estate, Les Milandes, to creditors
Gave last US music hall performance at the Palace Theatre, NYC
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