Jospehine Baker was an African American dancer, singer and actress best known as being the first African-American woman to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou (1934) or to become a world-famous entertainer.
Josephine Baker, French Spy
When World War II rocked her adopted France, Baker didn't simply move to a more peaceful country. Instead, she stuck around and did her part for the war effort. Since she had initially publicly supported Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia, the Axis powers mistakenly thought she was "one of them," and Baker took full advantage of this misconception.
Josephine (McDonald) Baker was a French Spy in World War II.
In fact, her fame made her the perfect spy. When Baker would travel Europe while touring, she obviously had to carry large quantities of sheet music with her. What customs officials never realized, though, was that a lot of this music actually had secret messages written on it in invisible ink. Fawning immigration officials never thought to take too close a look at the diva's luggage, so she could sneak all sorts of things in and out of countries. On some occasions, Baker would smuggle secret photos of German military installations out of enemy territory by pinning them to her underwear.
"United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M21Z-4WS : accessed 24 May 2017), Josephine Martin in household of Arthur Martin, St Louis Ward 7, St Louis (Independent City), Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 113, sheet 4A, family 90, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 814; FHL microfilm 1,374,827.
"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8ZJ-KQH : accessed 24 May 2017), Josephine Wells in household of Arthur Marten, St Louis Ward 16, St Louis (Independent City), Missouri, United States; citing ED 330, sheet 6A, line 1, family 138, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 952; FHL microfilm 1,820,952.
Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 February 2018), memorial page for Josephine Baker (3 juin, 1906–12 avril, 1975), Find A Grave: Memorial #6789, citing Cimetiére de Monaco, Monaco-Ville, Monaco ; Maintained by Find A Grave .