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Josephine Baker at Madame Tussauds
Josephine Baker -   Madame Tussauds

Josephine Baker - Madame Tussauds

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In 2008, dancer and entertainer Josephine Baker was honored at Madame Tussauds in Berlin in this iconic pose, her "banana dance" from her 1920s act with the Folies Bergère, based in Paris.

The American-born Baker went to Paris where she had far more success than she did in America. She became a French citizen. During World War II, she worked for the Red Cross and the French Resistance.

When, in the 1950s, she encountered discrimination in the United States, she became active in the early civil rights movement.

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