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Josephine Baker

1906 - 1975

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Freda Josephine Baker (née McDonald; June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975), naturalised as Joséphine Baker, was an American-born French dancer, singer and actress. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France. She was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, the 1927 silent film Siren of the Tropics, directed by Mario Nalpas and Henri Étiévant.During her early career, Baker was among the most celebrated performers to headline the revues of the Folies Bergère in Paris. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Josephine Baker has received more than 6,829,191 page views. Her biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Josephine Baker is the 3rd most popular dancer (up from 5th in 2019), the 152nd most popular biography from United States (up from 245th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Dancer.

Josephine Baker was a famous American-born French dancer and singer. She was most famous for her performances of the Charleston and the Black Bottom, and for her rendition of "J'ai Deux Amours" (I Have Two Loves).

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  • 67

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  • 4.52

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  • 4.63

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among dancers, Josephine Baker ranks 3 out of 76Before her are Mata Hari and Isadora Duncan. After her are Rudolf Nureyev, Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Pina Bausch, Marius Petipa, Bobby Farrell, Margot Fonteyn, Maurice Béjart, and Maya Plisetskaya.

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Among people born in 1906, Josephine Baker ranks 9Before her are Hannah Arendt, Dmitri Shostakovich, Puyi, Samuel Beckett, Luchino Visconti, and Grace Hopper. After her are Aristotle Onassis, Kurt Gödel, Ilse Koch, Billy Wilder, Roberto Rossellini, and Albert Hofmann. Among people deceased in 1975, Josephine Baker ranks 8Before her are Hannah Arendt, Dmitri Shostakovich, Chiang Kai-shek, Haile Selassie, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Ivo Andrić. After her are Aristotle Onassis, Otto Skorzeny, Umm Kulthum, Arnold J. Toynbee, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, and Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Josephine Baker ranks 152 out of 18,182Before her are Judy Garland (1922), J. D. Salinger (1919), Steve McQueen (1930), Will Smith (1968), Johnny Depp (1963), and Paul Newman (1925). After her are Humphrey Bogart (1899), Dale Carnegie (1888), Johnny Cash (1932), Robert Redford (1936), John B. Watson (1878), and Tom Hanks (1956).

Among DANCERS In United States

Among dancers born in United States, Josephine Baker ranks 2Before her are Isadora Duncan (1877). After her are Martha Graham (1894), Merce Cunningham (1919), William Forsythe (1949), Alvin Ailey (1931), Maria Tallchief (1925), Adam Darius (1930), Katherine Dunham (1909), Frankie Manning (1914), Twyla Tharp (1941), and Agnes de Mille (1905).