(June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975)

Josephine Baker

Also known as

  • Freda Josephine McDonald
  • Black Venus
  • Trumpie
  • Black Pearl
  • Creole Goddess

Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St Louis, Missouri, America, became famous in stage shows such as Chocolate Dandies and Shuffle Along, moved to France, and there found far greater fame. Famous for her comedic style, and as a solo dancer on the stage.

    Groups and Partners

  • u.c.

    Associated Dances

  • Charleston
  • Blackbottom

    Stage Shows

  • Shuffle Along (1921)
  • Chocolate Dandies (1924)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 (1936)


  • La Sirène des tropiques (Siren of the Tropics) (1927)
  • La revue des revues (1927)
  • La folie du jour (1929)
  • Le pompier des Folies Bergères (1930)
  • Zouzou (1934)
  • Princesse Tam Tam (1935)
  • Moulin Rouge (1940) (as Princess Tam Tam)
  • Fausse alerte (The French Way) (1945)
  • An jedem Finger zehn (Ten on Every Finger) (1954)


An issue of Scholar and Feminist Online devoted to Josephine Baker: Josephine Baker: a Century in the Spotlight. Note: this source is not always accurate nor complete in regards to dancers in the earlier years.