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Josephine Baker

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harmoni harvey

on 9 November 2012

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Josephine Baker Life of a Legend A star is Born Early Life Baker moved to New York in the 1920s and appeared in the musical Shuffle Along and performed at the famed Harlem hotspot, the Cotton Club.Josephine Baker traveled to Paris in 1925 to appear in La Revue Nègre. She made quite an impression with this show on French audiences. But it was performing in the Folies Bergère the following year that really made her career. She appeared wearing a skirt made of bananas and wowed the crowds with her style of dancing. She later added singing to her act and remained popular in France for many years to come. Death Accomplishments Josephine Baker was Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis Missouri on June 3, 1906. Born to Carrie McDonald, a laundress, and Eddie Carson, a musician.Her estate identifies vaudeville drummer Eddie Carson as her natural father. Josephine Baker's father was identified on the birth certificate simply as "Edw" . Josephine thought her father was white, so did her family Overcoming the limitations imposed by the color of her skin, she became one of the world's most versatile entertainers, performing on stage, screen and recordings. Josephine was decorated for her undercover work for the French Resistance during World War II. She was a civil rights activist. She refused to perform for segregated audiences and integrated the Las Vegas nightclubs. She adopted twelve children from around the world whom she called her "Rainbow Tribe." On April 8, 1975 Josephine premiered at the Bobino Theater in Paris. Celebrities such as Princess Grace of Monaco and Sophia Loren were in attendance to see 68-year-old Josephine perform a medley of routines from her 50 year career. The reviews were among her best ever. Days later, however, Josephine slipped into a coma. She died from a cerebral hemorrhage at 5 a.m. on April 12.
When Baker was eight she was sent to work for a white woman who abused her, burning Baker's hands when she put too much soap in the laundry. She later went to work for another woman. Baker dropped out of school at the age of 12 and lived as a street child in the slums of St. Louis, sleeping in cardboard shelters and scavenging for food in garbage cans.Josephine Baker's early life hinted at her future career. She first danced for the public on the streets of St. Louis, Missouri for nickels and dimes. Later, she became a chorus girl on the St. Louis stage. At age 15, She got a job waitressing at The Old Chauffeur's Club when she was 13 years old. While waiting tables she met and had a brief marriage to Willie Wells. The Big Show
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