N.p. N.p., 1939. Vintage contact sheet, showing six unique images of actor, dancer, and activist Josephine Baker in her dressing room at the Casino de Paris Theatre in December 1939.
After beginning her career in vaudeville, Josephine Baker emigrated from the United States to Paris in 1925, where she found fame as a dancer at Folies Bergere, becoming an international icon of the Jazz Age. In 1927 she became the first African American woman to star in a major motion picture, "Siren of the Tropics," and went on to appear in several films in throughout the 1930s and 1940s. When World War II interrupted her career, she worked as a spy for the French Resistance and after the war was named a Chevalier de Legion d'honneur, the highest order of merit for military and civil action in France. Refusing to perform in segregated clubs in the United States, Baker became an icon of the Civil Rights movement, and was the only official female speaker at the March on Washington.
5.5 x 8.25 inches. Near Fine.