Joséphine Baker

(1906-1975)

Joséphine Baker, born in Saint Louis (Missouri), became popular in France in 1925 with La Revue Nègre, a successful show performed at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées. Dubbed La Vénus d’ébène (Black Venus), she embodies the emancipated woman of the 1920s. In August 1931, she went to Deauville to promote Paris qui Remue, the new revue of the Casino de Paris, performed during the colonial exhibition. She used to walk on the Boardwalk keeping Chiquita - a young female cheetah that shared the scene with her -, on a leash. Joséphine Baker was a French Resistance agent, an altruistic woman who adopted 12 children and a leading activist in the civil rights movement. She sang at the Casino on August 31st, 1953, and then performed for the last time in Deauville on December 31st, 1971.

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