Josephine Baker

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Josephine Baker (or Joséphine Baker in francophone countries) (June 3, 1906 - April 12, 1975) was an American-born French expatriate entertainer and singer. She became a French citizen in 1937. Baker was most noted as a singer, while in her early career she was a celebrated dancer.


  • "I have two loves: my country and Paris."
  • "Since I personified the savage on the stage, I tried to be as civilized as possible in my daily life."
  • "You've got to fight every single day. When I see a roach, I step on it."
  • "We can make all our dreams come true, but first we have to decide to awaken from them.

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