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EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN: Josephine Baker

American entertainer Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975), in costume for her famous 'banana dance,' January 1, 1925.

American entertainer Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975), in costume for her famous 'banana dance,' January 1, 1925.

Credit: Courtesy of Walery/Getty Images (1925)

American dancer and singer Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975) poses with a model of an elephant, January 1, 1925. (Agency reference - 2669574)

American dancer and singer Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975) poses with a model of an elephant, January 1, 1925. (Agency reference - 2669574)

Credit: Courtesy of Hulton Archive/Getty Images (1925)

Josephine Baker, France circa 1928. (Agency reference - 106507095)

Josephine Baker, France circa 1928. (Agency reference - 106507095)

Credit: Courtesy of Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images (1028)

Posed portrait of Josephine Baker, January 1, 1932. (Agency reference - 85334201)

Posed portrait of Josephine Baker, January 1, 1932. (Agency reference - 85334201)

Credit: Courtesy of Gilles Petard/Redferns via Getty Images (1932)

American born entertainer, dancer and singer Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975) (on right), as a volunteer in the Free French Women's Air Auxiliary, circa 1940. (Agency reference - 3309754)

American born entertainer, dancer and singer Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975) (on right), as a volunteer in the Free French Women's Air Auxiliary, circa 1940. (Agency reference - 3309754)

Credit: Courtesy of Hulton Archive/Hulton Archive/Getty Images (1940)

American-born dancer and jazz singer Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975) smiles at a woman holding the shawl to her gown backstage at a performance, Los Angeles, California, July 1951. (Agency reference - 3232806)

American-born dancer and jazz singer Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975) smiles at a woman holding the shawl to her gown backstage at a performance, Los Angeles, California, July 1951. (Agency reference - 3232806)

Credit: Courtesy of Hulton Archive/Getty Images (1951)

Josephine Baker (1906-1975), American artist of music hall, Paris, Olympia, 1959. (Agency reference - 56214657)

Josephine Baker (1906-1975), American artist of music hall, Paris, Olympia, 1959. (Agency reference - 56214657)

Credit: Courtesy of Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images (1959)

Josephine Baker in performance, January 1, 1968, Denmark. (Agency reference - 85051075)

Josephine Baker in performance, January 1, 1968, Denmark. (Agency reference - 85051075)

Credit: Courtesy of Jan Persson/Redferns via Getty Images (1968)

Princess Grace and Rainier (right) receive Josephine Baker (center) in Monaco in August 1, 1969. (Agency reference - 111074075)

Princess Grace and Rainier (right) receive Josephine Baker (center) in Monaco in August 1, 1969. (Agency reference - 111074075)

Credit: Courtesy of Reporters Associes/Contributor/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images (1969)

On March 12, 1969 in Milandes, Dordogne, Josephine Baker sits on a step after being expelled by the new owners. In her last years, Baker suffered struggles, financial difficulties, and poor health. (Agency reference - 93431533)

On March 12, 1969 in Milandes, Dordogne, Josephine Baker sits on a step after being expelled by the new owners. In her last years, Baker suffered struggles, financial difficulties, and poor health. (Agency reference - 93431533)

Credit: Courtesy of AFP/Getty Images (1969)

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