L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

La belle Joséphine

Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906, St. Louis – April 12, 1975, Paris), the legendary American-born singer, dancer, and actress.  She took French citizenship in 1937, worked for the Résistance during WWII, and was subsequently awarded the Croix de guerre and the Rosette de la Résistance, and was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by the French government.  She was also an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement.  Beloved in her adopted country, she was the only American-born woman to receive full French military honors when her funeral was held at L'Église de la Madeleine in 1975.

From the film "Zouzou", 1934.
With dancer Serge Lifar.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, fascinating. I don't think I knew that about her life. Lovely photographs too.