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Welcome! Thank you for visiting my weblog. I am Irene, Elisabeth Pouw, a Dutch fashion- and interiorblogger. As blogger I am connecting my readers with beauty, style, quality, craftsmanship and harmony in colors for interior / design / architecture, haute couture, photography, art, antiques etc. I love decorating & bringing beauty and harmony into interiors. I created this blog to share my passion for decorating as well as the many other things which inspire me. From time to time I am also highlighting certain interior designers, decorators, architects, stylists, photographers etc. I hope you enjoy your visit. Feel free to give a comment on my blogs. I will react back as soon as possible. Best regards, Irene Pouw from Holland.

07 juni 2015

THE JOSEPHINE BAKER STORY

Lovely photos from Josephine Baker. Best known as the African-American singer and dancer who embraced Paris (June 3, 1906 - April 12, 1975). Born in St. Louis, Josephine Baker was a star in Paris for most of her adult life. She left her home in Missouri and began performing in her early teens. She appeared in the chorus lines of all-black revues on New York vaudeville stages. Then travelled to Paris in 1925 as part of La Revue Negre. Her lithe body and frank sensuality combined with her jovial clowning on stage caused a sensation. She was so successful in Paris that she stayed and opened her own nightclub there, Chez Josephine. 
Baker was famous for her exotic outfits. Her trademarks being a leopard on a leash, a skirt made of feathers and a dance in which she wore a string of bananas and not much else. She became a citizen of France in 1937 and during World War II she worked with the Resistance against the Nazis. After the war she fought for civil rights in the United States, returned to France and retired in 1956 to look after her 12 adopted children. 

Baker fell on hard times in the 1960s, but was rescued from destitution by Princess Grace of Monaco, who helped Baker put on another stage show, Josephine, in 1975. Baker died the same year and was given a state funeral in Paris.



Sources: Josephine BakerWho2 and Minimal Home.

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