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Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker


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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 ...


"Josephine Baker...clowned and danced her way to stardom--first on black Broadway, then in Paris, where her rubber-legged impudence on stage and outrageous glamour off stage (she walked her leopard on a diamond leash) made her an icon of the Jazz Age. Funny and sexy at the same time, she danced bare-breasted at the Folies Bergere, but within a decade had transformed herself into an elegant French music-hall performer...Langston Hughes said she reached out from the stage and took everybody's heart in her hands. But when you see early footage of her, it's above all a comic, mocking energy--mockery of herself and mockery of the role she has been cast in--that captivates and explains her wild success in the 20s."--Phyllis Rose, quoted in the "New York Times", March 10, 1991

Baker died in her sleep on the second night of her 50th anniversary show at the Bobino Theater in Paris.

She was decorated in 1946 with the French medal of the Resistance.

She also was decorated in 1961 with the Legion of Honor by French government for activities as entertainer and ambulance driver during WWII.

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