August 2001
Black Heroes;2001, p39
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An encyclopedia entry for dancer and entertainer Josephine Baker is presented. She was born on June 3, 1906 in Saint Louis, Missouri. She worked as a dresser for entertainer Clara Smith and developed her skills as a dancer. In 1920, she embarked on a world tour and while traveling through Europe and South America, she also worked on her voice and her dancing. She was recruited as a spy by Jacques Abtey in 1940. Details of her performances in the U.S. are given. She died on April 14, 1975 due to cerebral hemorrhage.


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