Josephine Baker: Her Banana Dance Shocked Paris and Made Her a Star

Entertainer, spy for the French Resistance, civil rights icon, and adoptive mother of 12

Josephine Baker posing in her famous banana costume from La Revue Nègre (public domain photo colorized by Olga Shirnina)

Josephine Baker was still a teenager when she caught the world’s attention, and she held it for most of her life. She was a study in extremes: capable of great kindness and great cruelty, supremely…



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