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    Dancer and entertainer. Born Freda Josephine McDonald on June 3, 1906, in St. Louis, Missouri. Josephine Baker was an African American performer who found great success in France beginning in the 1920s. She started out as a dancer, performing with a dance group. 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.

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Josephine Baker (6-3-06 to 4-12-75) 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 is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, for assisting the French Resistance during World War II, and for receiving the French military honor, the Croix de guerre.

"I wasn't really naked. I simply didn't have any clothes on." -Josephine Baker in La Joie de Paris, 1932-33

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Josephine Baker. A very beautiful woman with a beautiful heart full of love.

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

Josephine Baker reinvented herself many times and future entertainers would draw from the well of her creative endeavors for generations.

Josephine Baker I think Josephine is a very inspirational woman She was a huge animal lover, a civil rights activist and adopted many children from around the world that she loving referred to as her 'rainbow tribe'

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

Josephine Baker icon international superstar legend