Josephine Baker Born 1906 in America & first African American to star in a major motion picture. A dancer, singer and actress nicknamed the Black Pearl she was living on the streets when her dancing on street corners got her recruited for the St Louis Chorus show at 15.
In the early 1920’s she headed to New York to dance on Broadway and in 1925 she opened the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, becoming an instant success for her erotic dancing and appearing rather nude on stage! Her pet cheetah Chiquita often joined her on stage in its diamond collar.
During World War II she transported coded messages for the Resistance on her sheet music. She adopted 12 childresn with her second husband, she was bisexual and its confirmed she had an affair with mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
Ernest Hemingway called her "… the most sensational woman anyone ever saw."