Louis street performer to become the toast of Paris for decades. Louis streets as a child and then became a chorine in musicals. When she was 15, she married Pullman porter William Howard Baker according to some sources she first married a foundry worker at age
But there was a great deal more to Josephine Baker. She was a great lover of life and of humanity, who devoted herself to making the world a more hospitable place and to securing a better future for its citizens.
She was the role model for entertainers to stand up for their beliefs, and became a legend in the process. A dancer, jazz singer, actress and a comedian all in one, Josephine Baker was the first black female entertainer to break through racial prejudice in Europe and the United States.
Her acts were both outrageously funny and quite sexy. She was a star of stage, screen and recordings; Baker spent much of her life working tirelessly against prejudice, during World War II in Europe and the civil-rights era in America.
She's still one of the most famous expatriates in American history, perfectly epitomizing the hedonistic abandon of the Jazz Age in Paris Josephine Baker was born in St. Louis, Missouri in When she was thirteen she dropped out of school left home and got married but the marriage only lasted a few months before it ended.
Josephine started performing as a street musician in St.
Louis and soon graduated to performing on the T. Josephine went over well in her small role in the revue and came to the attention of Sissle and Blake.
During this time period Josephine became the steady girl friend of Eubie Blake. French producers came to New York looking to cast an all- black musical revue in Paris.
In she went to Paris to appear in in the show. In the first routine she danced a frantic version of the Charleston while accompanied by a jazz band that featured Sidney Bechet. It was an erotic dancethat she performed with the male dancer named Joe Alex. This dance was the hit of the show and proved to be the role that would launch Josephine towards stardom in Europe.
In the show Josephine performed a dance that combined both comedy and eroticism were she wore only a skirt fashioned to look like bananas and comically crossed her eyes.
In Josephine made her first recordings in Paris and opened her own night club called Chez Josephine. Josephine's star continued to rise in the s and she became one of the biggest stars in France.
In she returned to America to to star in Ziegfeld's Follies but the show was a flop and Baker broke her contract and returned to Paris disgusted with the racism that she was subjected to while in New York.
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Josephine visited the United States during the 50s and 60s with renewed vigor to fight racism. When New York's popular Stork Club refused her service, she engaged a head-on media battle with pro-segregation columnist Walter Winchell.
Josephine agreed to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall in Due to previous experience, she was nervous about how the audience and critics would receive her.
This time, however, cultural and racial growth was evident. Josephine received a standing ovation before the concert even began.
The enthusiastic welcome was so touching that she wept onstage.
Celebrities such as Princess Grace of Monaco and Sophia Loren were in attendance to see year-old Josephine perform a medley of routines from her 50 year career. The reviews were among her best ever. Days later, however, Josephine slipped into a coma. She died from a cerebral hemorrhage at on April 12, Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in St.
Louis, MO, in to Carrie McDonald, a laundress, and Eddie Carson, a musician. Her early life hinted at her future career. She first danced for the public on the streets of St.
Louis for nickels and dimes.
Sidney Bechet (May 14, – May 14, ) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He was one of the first important soloists in jazz, beating trumpeter Louis Armstrong to the recording studio by several months. His erratic temperament hampered his career, and not until the late s did he earn wide acclaim.
Seductive, talented, and notorious, Josephine Baker rose from being a St. Louis street performer to become the toast of Paris for decades. The daughter of musician Eddie Carson and laundress Carrie McDonald, Baker began performing on the St.
Louis streets as a child and then became a chorine in. Josephine Baker is remembered primarily as a spirited entertainer, the glamorous "Josephine" who became the toast of France.
But there was a great deal more to Josephine Baker than the banana skirt she wore in the Folies-Bergeres or the leopard she walked along the streets of Paris. Josephine Baker's estate identifies vaudeville drummer Eddie Carson as her natural father despite evidence to the contrary.
Baker's foster son Jean-Claude Baker wrote a biography, published in , titled Josephine: The Hungry Heart. Jean-Claude Baker did an exhaustive amount of research into the life of Josephine Baker, including the . Josephine Baker is remembered primarily as a spirited entertainer, the glamorous "Josephine" who became the toast of France.
But there was a great deal more to Josephine Baker than the banana skirt she wore in the Folies-Bergeres or the leopard she walked along the streets of Paris.