Josephine Baker was an American-born French dancer, jazz and pop music singer, and actress. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in France.
During her early career she was renowned as a daring performer who often wore flamboyant costumes that highlighted her physicality.
She was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, the 1927 film Siren of the Tropics.
She remains an iconic figure in both the jazz and civil rights movements.
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