"Josephine Baker" was an United States/American-born French people/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 was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou (film)/Zouzou (1934) or to become a world-famous entertainer. Baker, who refused to perform for segregated audiences in America, is also noted for her contributions to the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–68)/Civil Rights Movement. She was once offered unofficial leadership in the movement in the United States by Coretta Scott King in 1968, following Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. Baker, however, turned down the offer. She was also known for assisting the French Resistance during World War II, and received the Military of France/French military honor, the Croix de guerre 1939–1945/Croix de guerre and was made a Légion d'honneur/Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by General Charles de Gaulle.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous dancers! More Josephine Baker on Wikipedia.