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Baker, Josephine Freda Mac Donald (The Black Venus)

Born: 1906 AD
Died: 1975 AD, at 68 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Dancers, Singer


1906 - Born on the 3rd of June in St. Louis, Missouri.

1917 - She survived in the riots in East St. Louis, Illinois.

1919 - Began dancing in vaudeville and on Broadway.

1925 - Went to Paris where, after the jazz revue La Revue Nègre failed, her comic ability and jazz dancing drew attention of the director of the Folies Bergère.

1951 - She was refused service at the famous Stork Club in New York City.

1963 - She spoke at the March on Washington at the side of Martin Luther King, jr.

1969 - Evicted from her chateau that was then auctioned off to pay debts.

1973 - Married an American, Robert Brady, and began her stage comeback.

1975 - Josephine Baker's Carnegie Hall comeback performance was a success, as was her subsequent Paris performance.

1975 - She died 12th of April because of a cerebral hemorrhage.


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