She was the jazz age diva, Joséphine Baker. Born in the slums of St. Louis in 1906, she rose to world fame during that city in the 20s and became the highest-paid chorus girl in vaudeville. She then traveled to Paris in 1925 where her sensual La Danse de Sauvage sensationalised society, and she made France her adopted homeland. Baker was the first African-American actress to star in a major motion picture and was the most successful entertainer working in France at the time., and now, Christie’s London will offer furniture once owned by her.
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