Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker Brief Biography

Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 " April 12, 1975) was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress. Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, she became a citizen of France in 1937. Fluent in both English and French, Baker became an international musical and political icon. She was given such nicknames as the "Bronze Venus", the "Black Pearl", and the "Créole Goddess".

Baker was the first African-American female to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou (1934), to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States (she was offered the unofficial leadership of the movement by Coretta Scott King in 1968 following Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, but turned it down), for assisting the French Resistance during World War II, and for receiving the French military honor, the Croix de guerre.

Josephine Baker News

• The Almanac for June 3, the 154th day of 2017
• Women Film Critics Circle honors 'Lady Bird,' 'Mudbound,' 'First They Killed My Father'
• The Almanac for June 3, the 154th day of 2017
• Women Film Critics Circle bestows its highest honors on 'Hidden Figures' and '13th'

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