- Refused to perform in clubs that practiced racial segregation.
- In 1928, her husband/manager 'Count' Pepito di Abatino dueled Andrew Czolovodi, a Hungarian calvary officer, over Josephine in St. Stephen's cemetery in Budapest. The duel lasted only 10 minutes, ending when di Abatino was scratched by Czolovodi's blade.
- During World War II, she worked as a spy for the French resistance.
- Once had a rejected (and dejected) suitor kill himself at her feet.
- She adopted 12 children, partly because she couldn't have any of her own and partly because she believed in equality for all, no matter what nationality, religion or race they were of. The were called "the Rainbow Children" and their names were: Aiko (Korea), Luis (Colombia), Janot (Japan), Jari (Finland), Jean-Claude (Canada), Moses (French), Marianne (France), Noel (France), Brahim (Arab), Mara (Venezuela), Koffi (the Ivory-Coast), Stellina (Morocco).
- Inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians, 1995.
- Janet Flanner, "New Yorker" correspondent said of her "Her magnificent dark body, a new model to the French, proved for the first time that black was beautiful."
- Pablo Picasso said of her: "Tall, coffee skin, ebony eyes, legs of paradise, a smile to end all smiles."
- In 1995 had a song written about her by the band Fossil entitled "Josephine Baker"
- In 2003 another musical went on stage, in Belgium, called "Simenon et Josephine". It was a musical comedy related to the Maigret year of 2003 in Belgium.
- Simenon, the Belgium author and inventor of Inspector "Maigret" had a short relationship with Josephine in 1925. He couldn't stand it however that she was more in the spotlight then him, and called himself "Mr. Josephine".
- The Dutchman Henk van der Meijden, composed and wrote a musical about the life of Josephine Baker called "Josephine" which had its premiere in 1991 at Luxor Theater, Rotterdam. Cheryl Howard played the role of Josephine. The musical contained 5 original songs of Josephine, as well as new written songs.
- Is portrayed by Lynn Whitfield in The Josephine Baker Story (1991) (TV) and by Victoria Gabrielle Platt in Winchell (1998) (TV)
- Buried in the Cimetiere de Monaco in Monte Carlo.
- She became a French citizen in 1937.
- She served in the French Resistance in World War II.
- Had pet leopards that she would walk down the Champs-Elysees.
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