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Josephine Baker (1906 – 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 (1934), 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 receiving the French military honor, the Croix de guerre.

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    Gorgeous creation on this Kira. She was a fascinating person.

  • She was indeed. Thank you very much Bunny ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 1 year ago

    OMG , what a Gorgeous work , the astounding Creole Goddess capture in sepia , beautiful beautiful work dear Kira

  • Thank you very much Paul – I appreciate your great support my friend ☺xx

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago

    This is gorgeous. Love that era!

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