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Josephine Baker (1906–1975) was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress. Born 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. 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.
Josephine Baker with her pet leopard Chiquita, yes La Baker took her for walks through Paris. As you do.
Josephine Baker. Josephine grew up cleaning houses and babysitting for wealthy white families who reminded her "be sure not to kiss the baby." She became famous for barely-there dresses and no-holds-barred dance routines, her exotic beauty generated nicknames "Black Venus," "Black Pearl" and "Creole Goddess."
Josephine baker. The Jazz Age. Roaring 20s silent film era. ~The Silver Screen~
Josephine Baker and her pet cheetah, Chiquita. Josephine loved animals and kept many pets including dogs, cats, fish, parrots, a leopard, chimpanzee, parakeet, snake, pig and goat.
Josephine Baker with Her Cheetah, c.1930-32 by Black History Album, via Flickr Amazing and Beautiful