Josephine Baker

One of the most celebrated figures of the twentieth century, St. Louis-born Josephine Baker rose from Broadway chorus lines to become an international dance, song, and eventually film sensation. Fearlessly self-loving, she took Paris by storm in the early 1920s. An ardent humanitarian, Baker adopted 13 children of various nationalities, whom she dubbed her Rainbow Tribe, and raised them at the Château des Milandes, her manor house in the Dordogne region. Her work with the French Resistance during World War II cemented her role as activist and humanitarian.