Josephine Baker (Born: Freda Josephine McDonald - June 3, 1906 - St. Louis, MO, USA; Died: April 12, 1975 - Paris, Île-de-France, France)

Josephine Baker (Born: Freda Josephine McDonald - June 3, 1906 - St. Louis, MO, USA; Died: April 12, 1975 - Paris, Île-de-France, France)

Josephine Baker was known as 'Black Venus'

Josephine Baker was known as 'Black Venus'

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Josephine Baker sporting a bouffant in 1939. Photo by Studio Harcourt

Josephine Baker sporting a bouffant in 1939. Photo by Studio Harcourt

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Josephine Baker at the Folies Bergeres (Paris). Photo: Piaz.

Josephine Baker at the Folies Bergeres (Paris). Photo: Piaz.

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Dripping in pearls and not much else, stage siren Joséphine Baker, photographed here by George Hoyningen-Huene for Vanity Fair,

Dripping in pearls and not much else, stage siren Joséphine Baker, photographed here by George Hoyningen-Huene for Vanity Fair,

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Inspiration: Josephine Baker,1928 | She's So RAW Spring/Summer Collection 2014

Inspiration: Josephine Baker,1928 | She's So RAW Spring/Summer Collection 2014

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Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

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Her performing career enabled her to travel around Europe without attracting suspicion, and she attended numerous parties at embassies, gleaning whatever military and political information she could that might aid the Resistance, often smuggling intelligence secrets on invisible ink on her sheet music. She also used her chateau in southern France to hide Jewish refugees as well as weapons for the cause.

Her performing career enabled her to travel around Europe without attracting suspicion, and she attended numerous parties at embassies, gleaning whatever military and political information she could that might aid the Resistance, often smuggling intelligence secrets on invisible ink on her sheet music. She also used her chateau in southern France to hide Jewish refugees as well as weapons for the cause.

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Josephine Baker in Banana Skirt from the Folies Bergère production “Un Vent de Folie” (1927). Photograph by Lucien Walery.

Josephine Baker in Banana Skirt from the Folies Bergère production “Un Vent de Folie” (1927). Photograph by Lucien Walery.

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