FROM BANANA DANCER TO SPY

josephine bakerThe gorgeous Josephine Baker was made notorious by her famous banana costume but she was a landmark star for many reasons. She was a dancer, a movie star in Europe and a civil rights activist in America.josephineBakerJosephine Baker was born in the USA to an African American mother, but ultimately made france her home. The people of France were captivated by Baker and the open arms of the French public during the 1920s made Baker a musical star. She sang, she danced and she created jungle stage fashion that wowed her audiences. Josephine Baker loved France back in return and during The Second World War she worked for the French Resistance carrying messages across the border and working as a spy. Bakers celebrity was the perfect cover for the kind of work required of her by the Resistance movement. Josephine looked like a flapper but she had the clear mind of a spy and the heart of an entertainer.

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