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Iconic entertainer of the Jazz Age, Josephine Baker responded to the start of World War II by becoming a spy for the French Resistance. Known as the “Creole Goddess” of France, Baker used her celebrity to gain access to high-ranking Axis officials.
Born in St. Louis Missouri, Josephine relocated to Paris at the age of 19 to pursue her career as a stage performer. Over time, Josephine became the most successful entertainer in France, transforming from a dancer into a film star and opera singer.
After the war, she was awarded the Croix de guerre by the French military, and was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by General Charles de Gaulle. Baker once said: "I have two loves, my country and Paris.
Josephine passed quietly in her sleep on April 12th, 1975. She was 68 years old. Josephine Baker is the only American-born woman to receive full French military honors at her funeral. Baker's funeral was the occasion of a huge procession as she was interred at Monaco's Cimetière de Monaco. Lest We Forget.
“Your heart was warm and happy
With the lilt of Irish laughter
Every day and in every way
Now forever and ever after."