American entertainer Josephine Baker was born on June 3rd in Missouri, in 1906.
Circumstances around Baker's birth are unclear as there are no official records naming her biological father.
Baker began working at the young age of eight. She began performing at 15, and tried her luck in New York City in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance. She also had the opportunity to visit and perform in Paris. American audiences in the mid-1930s were not as impressed as their French counterparts who were mystified and in adulation of Baker.
She gave up her American citizenship and moved to Paris, where she became the most successful American entertainer in France. Writer Ernest Hemingway dubbed her "the most sensational woman anyone ever saw."
Baker was extremely active in the American Civil Rights Movement, as well as in the French Résistance during World War II.