Josephine Baker: A Short Biography Of Black Venus In Her Beauty

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Black Venus in Her Beauty Wearing enough feathers to barely cover herself, Josephine Baker won over French audiences with not only her lack of clothes, but with her utmost acting, dancing, and signing. Baker spent most of her life amassing the recognition of audiences all around the world. Wistfully, the United States hated her because she was a black American and they did not see the talent she held. In spite of her home country disdaining her, Josephine Baker embodied the freedom and expressiveness of that which is known as jazz. Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald on June 3, 1906, in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother, Carrie McDonald, hoped to be a music hall dancer but was forced to be a washerwoman. Her father, Eddie Carson, was a vaudeville drummer. He left Josephine Baker and Carrie McDonald shortly after birth. Carrie McDonald had 3 more children…show more content…
Baker worked babysitting and cleaning houses for wealthy families, often getting poorly treated (“Josephine Baker”). “At the age of eight Josephine was hired out to a white woman as a maid. She was forced to sleep in the coal cellar with a pet dog and was scalded on the hands when she used too much soap in the laundry” (“Josephine Baker Biography”). She returned school two years later before running away at age 13 and getting a job as a waitress at a club while living on the streets. (“Josephine Baker”). Baker traveled to Paris, France to start a new life. In Paris she instantly became a success in dancing and signing. Baker traveled and performed at different places to exceed her artistry (“Josephine Baker”) Josephine Baker got married four different times. Her first husband, Willie Wells, wedded her in 1918 and got divorced

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