Born into poverty to former slaves of African and Native American descent, Josephine Baker started her career as a dancer in St. Louis, the city of her birth, but soon left for France to escape the racial segregation policies of the United States. Her singing and nude dancing made her a hit in France, where she became a citizen in 1937. Her life is the stuff of legend. The Angelina Jolie of her time, Josephine was openly bisexual, married five times, adopted twelve children from all over the world, worked as a spy for the French resistance, had a pet cheetah, spoke alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963, and appeared topless in the 1927 flick Siren of the Tropics. For being one of the 20th century’s most important pioneers for equality and free expression, you can thank Josephine. For showing her tits and ass repeatedly for 50 years, you can spank yourself.