Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker in the uniform of the Women's Auxiliary of the Free French Air Force. By the autumn of 1944 she had raised 3,143,000F for the French war effort and was awarded the honorary rank of sub-lieutenant in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Free French Air Force, Les Filles De L'Air. She gained her pilot license in 1933! Photographed at the Savoy Hotel, London April 1945 ~

Josephine Baker.

Kees van Dongen - Josephine Baker (1925)

Born Freda Josephine McDonald on June 3, 1906, Baker began her career as part of a dance group in St. Louis before moving to New York to perform at Harlem's Cotton Club. In 1925, she moved to Paris and was a huge success in the Folies Bergere.

Josephine Baker was an American dancer, singer, & actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France.

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret 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.

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Josephine Baker in her dressing room by Luis Ramon Marin (1930)

Josephine Baker c. 1920’s

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Josephine Baker, 1927.

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Josephine Baker, 1920's (1906-1975). American -born French dancer, singer, and actress.

Josephine Baker

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Josephine Baker.

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