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Josephine Baker
(1906-1975) born on
Jun 03
French jazz singer, dancer. She was Folies-Bergere's "Dark Star," 1920s who introduced hot jazz to Paris; active in Resistance, WW II and outspoken about civil rights.
         
   
F
. . . I improvised, crazed by the music. . . . Even my teeth and eyes burned with fever. Each time I leaped I seemed to touch the sky and when I regained earth it seemed to be mine alone.

R
I believe in prayer. It's the best way we have to draw strength from heaven.
A
Beautiful? It's all a question of luck. I was born with good legs. As for the rest . . . beautiful, no. Amusing, yes.
N
I was learning the importance of names -- having them, making them -- but at the same time I sensed the dangers. Recognition was followed by oblivion, a yawning maw whose victims disappeared without a trace.
K
I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: On her performance with the "Revue Negre," c. 1925; in "Josephine," 1977.
R: "Josephine," 1977.
A: c. 1969; in "Words to Make My Dream Children Live," by Deirdre Mullane, 1995.
N: "Josephine," 1977.
K: Remark.
   


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