During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. The French Resistance was a group of individuals who helped to win the war against the German Nazis enemy with undercover work. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded honor of the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur from French president Charles deGaulle.
She would also tuck tiny notes into her skirts when she did burlesque routines, and would dance up to the intended recipient and let him pluck it out. Really brave, really smart, really interesting lady, on top of all her artistic talents.
how cool is she?
I had no idea. What a powerhouse!
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