"Born in 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker escaped racism and a life of poverty to become a legendary Jazz Age entertainer, film star, spy, and civil rights activist. Baker began performing comic skits on stage at age 13 and starred in the first all-black Broadway musical in 1922. In 1925, she became an overnight sensation in Paris when she appeared in the Folies Bergere music hall wearing nothing but a skirt made of bananas. When her beloved France was occupied by German troops during World War II, Baker joined the French Resistance. Later, she became active in the U.S. civil rights movement. Her performance celebrating 50 years of show business garnered glowing reviews only a few days before her death in 1975. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.