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Josephine Baker (1906 -1975)

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Josephine Baker is famous for being an African street dancer and vaudeville act who reinvented herself as a Parisian dance sensation, with a pet leopard in tow. Behind the banana skirt and the kooky dancing she was a true original who had fun sending up both her own dazzling beauty and the prejudices of the age. Paris rightly clasped her to its heart.

What you do to me. Wanting me to take you. My fingers in your hair. The things you say: Oh, I do desire you, baby, I do ...
e. e. cummings