Josephine Baker, a.k.a. Freda Josephine McDonald, June 3, 1906 - April 12, 1975.
Badassness: Josephine grew up poor in St. Louis, Missouri, dropping out of school at 13 to be a busker and supporting herself with her dancing. At 15 she joined a vaudeville show and then moved to New York during the Harlem Renaissance to perform in Broadway revues. She found her home and fame in Paris, where she was adored for her erotic dancing and performances at the Folies Bergère. She also starred in 3 French films.
Everything this woman did was badass: she was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture (Zouzou), adopted 12 children from all over the world, owned a pet cheetah named Chiquita (as well as a pet gorilla, pig and goat, parrot, monkeys, mice, and snakes), and was close friends with Grace Kelly, a.k.a. Princess Grace of Monaco. She was also active in the US civil rights movement, speaking at the March on Washington and leveraging her position as a popular entertainer to boycott segregated venues.
To top it all, Josephine was a spy for the French Resistance in World War II. She would gather information about German troops movements at society parties, and would carry intelligence info around Europe written in invisible ink on her sheet music, or pinned to her underwear. After the war Jospehine received medals of honor and was made a Chevalier in the Legion of Honor.
Bisexuality: Josephine was confirmed as bisexual by her son, Jean-Claude Baker, in his book, Josephine: The Hungry Heart. Josephine was married 4 times. Although secretive about her relationships with women during her lifetime, 7 of her relationships with women have since been confirmed (including fellow badass bisexual Frida Kahlo), and she was rumored to have had dozens more affairs with people of various genders. In fact, she was so loved that two men once dueled over her with swords in a cemetery (no one died - she let them fight for a while and then calmed them down).
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Wojtek [soldier bear] (1942–1963) usually spelled Voytek in English, was a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move ammunition. The name “Wojtek” or “Wojciech” is an old Slavic name that is still very common in Poland today. It derives from two words: “woj” (the stem of “wojownik”, warrior, and “wojna”, war); and “ciech”, enjoyment.
The bear became quite an attraction for soldiers and civilians alike, and soon became an unofficial mascot of all units stationed nearby. With the company he moved to Iraq and then through Syria, Palestine and Egypt.
As one of the officially enlisted “soldiers” of the company, he lived with the other men in their tents or in a special wooden crate, which was transported by truck. According to numerous accounts, during the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped his friends by transporting ammunition – never dropping a single crate.
“Secondary batteries of an American cruiser formed this pattern of smoke rings as guns from the warship blasted at the Japanese on Makin Island in the Gilberts before U.S. forces invaded the atoll on November 20, 1943.”
Suite française aka mon "problème" avec les allemands.
J'aime les allemands. J'aime l'Allemand, ( même si je le parle mal), j'aime leurs cultures, leurs savoir vivre. Mon dieu, j'adore. (Apparemment, feu Grand-mère m'a transmit cette caractéristique).
Si je ne fini pas mariée a un allemand, ou avec un quelqu'un d'origine allemande, ça ne sera pas normal.
I can’t help it. Sorry guys