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Josephine Baker biography and accomplishments
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Josephine Baker biography and accomplishments


> Who is she?
Born into poverty in Missouri in 1906, Josephine Baker was of African American and Apalachee Indian origin, and she quickly became too hot to handle!

Married at 13 and separated a few months later, she dedicated herself wholeheartedly to her passion, dance, which led her to cabaret theatres in the US and Paris, where she finally settled and obtained French nationality.

> Accomplishments
Josephine Baker is often considered to be the first black female star. But aside from her dancing, she was a very intelligent woman who evolved in high Parisian circles.

She joined the Red Cross, aided the French Resistance during the Second World War, and opened a château in the Dordogne where she welcomed children from all over the world.

> Also
Josephine Baker said that she left the States for France because she could no longer stand living in a country where she was "afraid to be black".


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