Some call her the “Créole Goddess.” Some call her the “Bronze Venus.” But the “Black Pearl” American expatriate entertainer and song-and-dance actress Josephine Baker is one of the most influential household names on both sides of the Atlantic.
The first African American was indeed a trailblazer: one of the first to star in a major motion picture, one of the first to become a world-famous singer (eat your heart our Beyoncé), one of the first black women to integrate an American concert hall, and she was the first American-born woman to receive the Croix de guerre, a high ranking French military honor of prestige.
Among her many feats as an entertainer, she made contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, lent a hand to the French Resistance in the second World War, and inspired a legion of pop artists across the world.
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Josephine Baker – Clearest Close-Up Footage of her Famous Banana Dance
The following video from the ‘London Palladium Story’ demonstrates just how kind Josephine was.
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