Saturday’s Google Doodle honored Josephine Baker, the famous black entertainer and later civil rights activist, on what would be her 111th birthday.
Born on June 3, 1906, in the city of St. Louis, Baker rose from poverty and obscurity to become an international sensation and one of the highest paid performers in Europe. A symbol of the Jazz Age and the 1920s, Baker earned fame as a cabaret performer and singer and spent years in Paris, where she aided the French resistance against Nazi Germany during World War II as a spy and troop entertainer. Read more. (6/3/17, 6:16 PM)
Seriously? Uh, well, she’s the biggest entertainer in the country at the moment. I mean, think Beyoncé 1927. She basically owns Paris. And she became an undercover spy for the Allies in World War II. I mean, she’s just… she’s remarkable.
Josephine Baker wed fourth (and final) husband, orchestra leader Jo Bouillon in 1947. They were together until their divorce in 1961. It was during this time Ms. Baker adopted her twelve children of different ethnicities and religions which she called her “Rainbow Tribe.” It was her desire to show the world that children from different backgrounds could live together as brothers.