Josephine Baker: French Resistance Agent, Old Hollywood Actress, And Legend

Portrait of American-born singer and dancer Josephine Baker, circa 1925, lying on a tiger rug in a silk evening gown and diamond earrings. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Josephine Baker was a sought-after dancer, groundbreaking actress, Paris sensation, beauty icon, activist, World War II spy, and French resistance fighter. It's all pretty remarkable considering that she grew up in poverty without a father and with little education.