Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
June 3, 1906-April 12, 1975
At the age of sixteen, she starred in the musical Shuffle Along. Her vibrant and
humorous act attracted attention and established her has a sparkling entertainer.
She starred in the Broadway show The Chocolate Dandies in 1924. In 1925, clad
only in a string of bananas, she became a sensation in Paris for her act in La
Josephine was a great humanitarian also. The French honored Josephine for her efforts during World War
II. After the war, she became the mother of the "rainbow tribe." which consisted of children from various
ethnic backgrounds that she adopted.