(June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American expatriate entertainer and actress. She became a French citizen in 1937. Most noted as a singer, Baker also was a celebrated dancer in her early career. She was given the nicknames the “Bronze Venus” or the “Black Pearl”, as well as the “Créole Goddess” in Anglophone nations. In France, she has always been known as
Baker was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil rights movements in the United States, she also assisting the French Resistance during the Second World War and being the first American-born woman to receive the highest French military honor, the Croix de Guerre and for being an inspiration to generations of African American female entertainers and others.
“The secret to the fountain of youth is to think youthful thoughts.”
What an amazing woman, super talented entertainer. Very inspirational.
If you dont allready know her story it is definitely worth while to watch the
BBC documentary on her life.