Josephine Baker

Name: Josephine Baker

Made by and When: Madame Alexander, 2007

Material: Hard plastic

Marks: ALEXANDER (on the back), 200/400 (on bottom)

Height: 10 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black bob-style wig/brown sleep eyes, painted lower eyelashes/closed mouth with painted red lips

Clothes: The metallic and pearl bikini top, gold bikini bottom, banana skirt, gold dangle earrings, gold sandals, and blue silk brocade robe were inspired by a costume worn by this early 1900s entertainer.

Other: From the 2007 Madame Alexander “History of Fashion Collection,” produced in a limitation of 500 dolls, according to the certificate of authenticity (COA), Coquette Cissy represents Josephine Baker. Accessories included a biography card that illustrates Ms. Baker and a COA.

Josephine Baker, who was born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri on June 3, 1906, gained fame in the 1920s in France as a dancer and singer.  This world-renowned entertainer is remembered for many accomplishments which include her civil rights activism, her banana dance, and for her “Rainbow Tribe” of 12 adopted children of different ethnicities.

“The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains.” –Josephine Baker

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