A Brief Biography of Josephine Baker, Plus her Horoscope

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We take a look at the life and times of Josephine Baker, as well as a quick glance at her horoscope.

Her early life.

Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri on June 3, 1906, the daughter of Carrie McDonald. Eddie Carson, a vaudeville drummer, was said to be her father, but there is much dispute of that claim. Josephine's foster son wrote in a biography of his mother that "Josephine Baker's father was white. People in St. Louis say that Josephine's mother had worked for a German family (around the time she became pregnant). Carrie let people think Eddie Carson was the father, and Carson played along...(but) Josephine knew better."

Raised in dire poverty, Josephine worked in white homes from age eight where she slept in basements and was often severely abused and mistreated. At twelve she dropped out of school and lived on the streets, sleeping in cardboard shelters and salvaging food from garbage cans. To make a few pennies she took to dancing on the streets, and at age fifteen she was recruited by the St. Louis Chorus vaudeville show.

Career

Josephine headed to New York City in 1921, where she began performing at the Plantation Club in Harlem, and also in the Broadway revues Shuffle Along and Chocolate Dandies. Soon, she became the highest paid performer in the chorus.

On October 2, 1925, now only nineteen, she opened in Paris at the Theatre des Champs Elysees, where she was an instant success for her highly erotic dancing and for appearing practically nude on stage. According to wikipedia..."After a successful tour of Europe...she returned to France to star at the Folies Bergeres, setting the standard for her future acts. She performed the Danse Sauvage, wearing a costume consisting of a skirt made of a string of artificial bananas. Her success coincided with the Exposition des Arts Decoratifs, which gave birth to the term 'Art Deco.'"

Fame

Quickly, Josephine Baker became the most talked-about entertainer in Europe. Ernest Hemingway, after seeing her nude, called her "the most sensational woman anyone ever saw." Baker made three films, all of which were successful in France: the silent film Siren of the Tropics (1927), Zouzou (1927), and Princess Tam Tam (1935).

Despite her popularity in France, she never attained a measure iof great stardom in America.

Working for the Resistance in WorldWar II

Again, from wikipedia..."When the Germans invaded France, Baker left Paris and went to the c/hateau des Milandes, her home in the south of France, where she had Belgian refughees living with her and others wjho were eager top help the Free French effort led from England by Charles DeGaulle. As an entertainer, Baker had an excuse for moving around Europe, visiting neutral nations like Portugal, and returning to France. Baker assisted the French resistance by smuggling secrets written in invisible ink on her sheet music." She was also able to help a great many people in trouble with the Nazis to secure visas to leave France.

Her children

Josephine Baker adopted twelve children, in addition to one she had herself. She adopted children from France, Morocco, Japan, Koprea, Finland, Columbia, Israel, Venezuela and Algeria.

The end

On April 8, 1975, Josephine Baker starred in a revue at the Bombino in Paeris, celebrating fifty years in show business. The revue was financed by Princess Grace, Prince Ranier and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and it opened to rave revues. Four days later, Baker was fgound laying peacefully in her bed, in a coma, after suffering a cerebral hemmorhage. She died, at 68, on April 12, 1975.

Her horoscope

With five of ten planets positioned in the tenth house of public standing, Josephine Baker was destined to play out her life on the public stage. All five planets in Gemini attest to great intelligence, and they also reveal bher facility wikth language. Josephine spoke fluently in six different languages.

Uranus in her fifth house accounts for her - at the time - shocking (Uranus) stage presence. The opposition from Venus to Uranus relates to her liberated views regarding nudity and female sexuality.

All five of Baker's planets in Gemini form a square aspect to Saturn in heer seventh house. This reveals that she had to overcome long odds to succeed in the world, but it is equally telling of her unbridled ambition (Saturn) to succeed in life. She was supported in this regard by the conjunction between the Sun and Jupiter, which opened the doors of opportunity to her and gave her a real talent for self-promotion. This Sun-Jupiter conjunction is also indicative of her greatest success coming in foreign countries (Jupiter).

Her Moon in the socially adept sign of Libra stood her in good stead in terms of her ability to connect (Libra) to her audiences. Josephine Baker was truly one-of-a-kind, and we are unlikely to see the likes of her again.

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Buzz
28th Jan 2012 (#)

Wow, Steve, what a sensational bio of a very alluring woman. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz.

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author avatar M G Singh
28th Jan 2012 (#)

A fascinating post. I am impressed

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Madan.

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author avatar kaylar
28th Jan 2012 (#)

Very interesting and well done as usual

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you kayalar. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
28th Jan 2012 (#)

I had never heard of this woman until reading this well-written, if brief, biography. Nicely done, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Jerry. She was truly an amazing woman.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
28th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks, Steve, for this biography of Josephine Baker. I had heard of her as a theater performer but am very impressed about her courage working for the Resistance.
The pictures and the information are appreciated.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Ivyevelyn.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Jan 2012 (#)

Amazing life and bio, thanks Steve...!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia.

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author avatar Denise O
28th Jan 2012 (#)

I just love Josephine Baker. Some very nice photos and very nice bio. The horoscope part always fascinates me. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Denise. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
29th Jan 2012 (#)

Ooooh - nice one. Congrats on the star.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Sheila. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Kim
28th Mar 2012 (#)

this tells alot

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author avatar Carika
18th Jun 2012 (#)

There is no confusion about Josephine Baker's ethnicity. She was BLACK.

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