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    Josephine Baker: the perfect embodiment of the 1920s “Jazz Age.” (See a slide Show from LIFE)

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

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    Josephine Baker in 1951

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    Josephine Baker strikes a pose in her dressing room on March 6, 1951 at the Strand Theater in New York City. Photo: AP.

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    Josephine Baker in her World War II Uniform, c. 1945.During World War II Josephine served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement, a group who helped to win the war with undercover work. Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded honor of the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d'Honneur.

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    Josephine Baker in the Netherlands, 1928,

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    Josephine Baker In her dressing room

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    Nancy Cunard was sheer glamour. She was the British heiress to the Cunard shipping line fortune, and abandoned her societal responsibilities to skip off to Paris in the 1920s to live the jazz life.