Josephine Baker – “Pink Pioneer” – was a popular performer at the Bobino Theater. Josephine was an American born French entertainer and civil rights activist. She was the first black woman to star in major motion pictures. Her last performance was at this theater in 1975.
Not only is she an icon of the glamorous Jazz Age and purveyor of the hot jazz genre, but she also went on to work as a spy during the French Resistance and a nurse for refugees during the war.
A square in the bohemian area of Montparnasse where she spent a lor of time socializing and performing was named after her in 2000.