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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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1914:
Debut as nightclub singer, Harlem, New York, at age eight
1922:
Worked as a chorus girl in Broadway's first black musical, "Shuffle Along"
1925:
Arrived in Paris with La Revue Negre and became an overnight sensation with her "Danse Sauvage" number
1926:
Met Pepito Abatino and introduced her famous topless "Banana Dance" as a headliner at the Folies Bergere
1927:
First film appearance in silent French short, "La folie du jour"
1928:
Embarked on a year-long tour of European capitals
1930:
Recorded six songs for Columbia Records in Paris, including "J'ai Deux Amours/I Have Two Loves"
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Starred in her two best-remembered films, "Zouzou" (1934) and "Princess Tam Tam" (1935)
1936:
Returned to America to appear in the "Ziegfeld Follies" with Fanny Brice and Bob Hope, resulting in scathing reviews and breakup with Abatino
1942:
Erroneous reports of Baker's death surfaced; entertained WWII troops
1943:
Carried secret messages through enemy lines; became French Resistance fighter
1951:
Returned to America and opened at Copa City in Miami, performing only before integrated audiences
1951:
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
1963:
Toured America and joined civil rights march on Washington, DC
1969:
Had first heart attack; lost her French estate, Les Milandes, to creditors
1973:
Gave last US music hall performance at the Palace Theatre, NYC

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