Born in st. Louis, Missorui. The First kid of eddie carson who was a drummer, and Carrie Mcdonald. Before Josephine was a year old her dad left. Her mom had 3 other kids with another man.
She became friends with the boy next door
Shot lived marriage, went back to waitressing
Baker went out to support herself and the married a man named willie well and quit her job. The marriage didn't last long. She soon was back to waitressing.
Became one of the jones family band, then joined the dixie steppers and was a dresser. Met willie while on tour with the dixie steppers, She married him and took his name.
Baker moved to New York City,took a job as a dresser and learned all the songs and dances.
Joshephine took the place of one of the dixie steppers that was injured
The Producer, Henri Varnam bought Baker a leopard,and she and the leopard, whose name was chiquita, became a sensation in fashionable parisian circles.
Baker spent world war 2 obtaining information for the bureau as an "honorable correspondent."
Baker was awarded her own day in honor of her efforts to fight racism.
Baker was 69 when she married the American artist Robert Brady. The Marriage lasted one year.
Sufferd a stroke in her sleep and fell into a coma, Died later that day.