Josephine Baker was the very essence of Paris in the riotous Twenties. A true survivor, she was born into humiliating poverty in St. Louis, Missouri the cradle of ragtime. Yet from this inauspicious beginning she conquered Paris in one volcanic night & was to display sang-froid extraordinaire securing secrets for the Free French in North Africa during World War II. Haney uncovers the story of this remarkable woman & the extraordinary figures in her circle: 4 husbands, scores of lovers, including Georges Simenon & Le Corbusier; friends including Jean Cocteau, Zelda & Scott Fitzgerald, Maurice Chevalier & Grace Kelly. Photos.