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    Josephine Baker: A Legendary Expat's Triumphant Return to Broadway in 1951 - LIFE

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    Josephine Baker: In Christian Dior in March 1951, singing into a mic which conceals her hand-held corsage onstage at the Strand theater in New York during her US tour.

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    Vintage Dior on Josephine Baker

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    Josephine Baker, 1951 Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty ImagesThe caption that accompanied this image when it appeared in LIFE: "In a Dior dress, and furs which cost $ 2,600, she sings into mike concealed in her hand-held corsage: 'Two loves have I ... my country and Paree ...'"

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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.

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

Josephine Baker - She was best known for her exotic banana dance in a Parisian nightclub in the 1930's. She was also known for her "rainbow tribe" - she adopted a child of every race - well before Angelina Jolie....

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"The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains." - Josephine Baker

The Incomparable Josephine Baker being silly

Josephine Baker In Her Dressing Room by Black History Album, via Flickr

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