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#VBGicon Josephine Baker strikes a pose in her dressing room on March 6, 1951 at the Strand Theater in New York City. Photo: AP.
The “Ebony Venus” and the “Bronze Apollo” - Josephine Baker and the Russian-born French ballet legend, Serge Lifar, on the Lido beach in Venice, 1930s. Ms. Baker talked about this day in “Josephine,” the biography she wrote with her former husband, Jo Bouillon, which was published in 1976, one year after her death.
“We had had a wonderful time together on the beach in Venice during my Italian tour. I loved to hear Serge speak. He was more entertaining than all the pigeons in St. Mark’s Square. I’d like to have been Picasso in order to sketch him… Actually, he knew Picasso, as well as those who had made me the “ebony Venus” and named him the “bronze Apollo.” Paris had welcomed him from the East two years before I arrived from the West. There on the sun-drenched sand, intoxicated with the sheer joy of motion, we danced. What a curious pas de deux – the star dancer of the Paris Opera and a colored entertainer swaying together in bathing suits on the Lido beach.” Photo: Hotel des Ventes, Geneve.
Josephine Baker hanging out with her pet cheetah in 1931. The cheetah’s name? Chiquita. Photo: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS.
Josephine Baker getting a little kiss from Geoffrey Holder in 1964. I’m guessing this is probably backstage at “Josephine Baker And Her Company,” her musical revue that appreared briefly on Broadway that year. Both Mr. Holder and his wife Carmen de Lavallade performed in the show with Ms. Baker and, in the video clip linked in the comment section, Mr. Holder discusses, with his signature verve, what a delight it was for he and Ms. de Lavallade to work with Ms. Baker. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives.
Can’t believe I haven’t posted Josephine Baker all year! Here she is in 1951, backstage in LA. You’re welcome! Photo: Hulton Archives/Getty.
Josephine Baker surrounded by admirers at the Olympia theater in Paris in the 1940s surrounded by admirers. Her husband, Jo Bouillon and the French singer and actor, Georges Guetary are at her side. Photo: Maurice Zalewski, Gamma-Rapho/Getty.
43-year-old Josephine Baker is being served prosciutto & melon in Venice in 1949. Today (October 25) is my 43rd birthday and to celebrate, I thought I would post photos of some of my favorite VBG legends at the age of 43. Sadly, too many did not make it to 43 (Dorothy Dandridge, Dinah Washington, Diana Sands, Lorraine Hansberry) but many did and did it well. Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images.