Josephine Baker

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The First Black Superstar

Josephine Baker was an American actress, dancer and singer who became very popular when she moved to France and entertained with a blend of 1920s American dance, comedy and an exotic African persona. One French reviewer described her as a black Venus, who turned our concept of rhythm and movement on its head. - AsNotedIn

Themes with Josephine Baker


Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1906/06/03 Freda Josephine McDonald is born in St Louis, Missouri Born Josephine Baker's Birthday
1921/05/23 The premiere of 'Shuffle Along' at the Cort 63rd Street Theatre, 22 W 63rd St, NYC (razed) begins a runs of 504 performances. Dancer Shuffle Along
1924/06/00 Ethel Waters headlines at the Plantation Club while Florence Mills goes on tour. Josephine Baker steps out of the chorus line to clown joy and play the trombone Performer Sam Salvin's Plantation Club site New York City
1925/10/02 La Revue Negre, 25 Black American performers doing a Harlem style tap show with the aesthetics of French colonialist fantasy, opens at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees Performer Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris Paris
1925/11/19 La Revue Negre ends its run, but long remember for Joe Alex and Ms Baker dancing nearly naked in just feathers Performer Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris Paris
1925/11/21 Josephine Baker's Colored Revue has arrived. The music is tuneless and the end of the show is dull, but never Miss Baker's part. It was even less dull the first night when she did what used to be, what indeed still should be called a stomach dance. Performer Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris Paris
1926/00/00 Josephine Baker breaks her contract with La Revue Negre in Berlin to headline in La Folie du Jour at the Folies-Bergere. Notable for comically dancing, nearly naked, except for a skirt of rubber bananas. Performer Folies Bergere Paris
1926/05/28 Josephine Baker drifts into the Ambassadeur wearing a white ermine coat, black evening gown with a hood around her face that makes her look almost white. She gets the best table, right down front, lighted by hundreds of little bulbs. Guest Espace Cardin, Paris Paris
1963/08/28 Josephine Baker, wearing her uniform of the French Resistance, speaks at the March on Washington Speaker Lincoln Memorial Washington, DC March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
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