Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) 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 was given such nicknames as the “Bronze Venus”, the “Black Pearl”, and the “Créole Goddess”.

Baker was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States (she was offered the unofficial leadership of the movement by Coretta Scott King in 1968 following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, but turned it down), for assisting the French Resistance during World War II, and for being the first American-born woman to receive the French military honor, the Croix de guerre.

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  • polly470
    polly470almost 2 years ago

    Wasn’t she incredible? Love this Kira!

  • Yes she was indeed. Thank you for visiting Polly – always good to see you ☺x

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  • annacuypers
    annacuypersalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Kira, love the coloring !! xxo

  • Thank you very much Anna – much appreciated ☺

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 2 years ago

    Wow! What a beauty. Splendid work.

  • Thanks very much Bunny – glad you like it ☺

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  • Samohsong
    Samohsongalmost 2 years ago

    A beautiful and brave woman who refused to play in America before segregated audiences! Beautiful work Kira! ~Sam

  • Yes, and now you have an African-American President. She would have loved that.
    Thank you for the support my friend – and good night from Copenhagen ☺

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  • andy551
    andy551almost 2 years ago

    wow! It’s so cool…love it

  • I’m glad you like it Andy – Thank you ☺

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  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic!! :)

  • Thank you Keith ☺

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  • canonman99
    canonman99almost 2 years ago

    nothing like a few feathers in your cap …or somewhere else..nice work Kira

  • Thank you very much Dennis ☺

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  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsalmost 2 years ago

    Wow wow wow how gorgeous is this extroidinary lady , I know little of her life and times , but all I know she lived life to the full and was soooooooooooooooo charismatic in her day ! … I soooooooooooooooooooooooo Love the sepia and texture
    and her revealing ……. Apart from another book from Santa about her life , you have given me my next portrait to paint at the weekend …… Stunning posting dear Kira " My Favorite image of the Day "…. Sigh ……. Paulxx

  • Wow indeed dear Paul – thank you so much. It took forever to finish, there were not a lot of pixels to work with. I’m glad you find it worth while…looking forward to your portrait – as always it’s going to be awesome.
    Have a wonderful weekend my friend xx

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • redtree
    redtreealmost 2 years ago

    Excellent work

  • Thank you very much ☺

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  • Anthony Hedger Photography
    Anthony Hedger...almost 2 years ago

    wonderful work

  • Thank you very much Anthony☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

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