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Old 10-03-2015, 12:35 AM   #52
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Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress who came to be known in various circles as the "Black Pearl," "Bronze Venus" and even the "Creole Goddess".. Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine later became a citizen of France in 1937.. She was fluent in both English and French..Baker married a Jewish Frenchman, Jean Lion, and became a French citizen.. They were married in the French town of Crèvecœur-le-Grand. The wedding was presided over by the mayor at the time, Jammy Schmidt..It has been claimed that when, during the ceremony, she was asked if she was ready to give up her American citizenship, she renounced it without difficulty..In September 1939, when France declared war on Germany in response to the invasion of Poland, Baker was recruited by Deuxième Bureau, French military intelligence, as an "honorable correspondent". Baker collected what information she could about German troop locations from officials she met at parties.. She specialized in gatherings at embassies and ministries, charming people as she had always done, while gathering information.. Her café-society fame enabled her to rub shoulders with those in the know, from high-ranking Japanese officials to Italian bureaucrats, and to report back what she heard.. She attended parties at the Italian embassy without any suspicion falling on her and gathered information..She was also known for assisting the French Resistance during World War II, and received the French military honor, the Croix de guerre and was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by General Charles de Gaulle..

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In Cairo,Egypt's King Farouk asked her to sing to which she refused because Egypt had not recognized Free France and remained neutral.. However, she offered to sing in Cairo at a celebration of honor for the ties between Free France and Egypt and asked Farouk to preside, a subtle indication of which side his officially neutral country leaned toward..In 1949, a reinvented Baker returned in triumph to the Folies Bergere. Bolstered by recognition of her wartime heroics, Baker the performer assumed a new gravitas, unafraid to take on serious music or subject matter..The year 1951 saw Baker invited back to the US for a nightclub engagement in Miami..In January 1966, Fidel Castro invited Baker to perform at the Teatro Musical de La Habana in Havana, Cuba at the 7th anniversary celebrations of his revolution.. Her spectacular show in April broke attendance records. In 1968, Baker visited Yugoslavia and made appearances in Belgrade and in Skopje..In 1974, she appeared in a Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium..During Baker's work with the Civil Rights Movement she began adopting children, forming a family she often referred to as "The Rainbow Tribe".. Josephine wanted to prove that "children of different ethnicities and religions could still be brothers".. She often took the children with her cross-country, and when they were at Château des Milandes tours were arranged so visitors could walk the grounds and see how natural and happy the children in "The Rainbow Tribe" were..In 1964, Josephine Baker lost her castle due to unpaid debts; after, Princess Grace offered her an apartment in Roquebrune, near Monaco.. Baker was found lying peacefully in her bed surrounded by newspapers with glowing reviews of her performance.. She was in a coma after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. She was taken to Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, where she died, aged 68, on April 12, 1975..She received a full Roman Catholic funeral which was held at L'Église de la Madeleine.. Baker was interred at Monaco's Cimetière de Monaco... is as contagious as a cold.. It eats away at your strength, morale..everything is imperfect in this world, love is perfect in its imperfection..You're happy, you with your oily words..You believe your own twaddle..When next we meet, the hour will strike for you and your friends...

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