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    Many thousands of Parisians lined the streets of the French capital on Tuesday (15 April) for a funeral service for music hall star Josephine Baker.

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    Many thousands of Parisians lined the streets of the French capital on Tuesday (15 April) for a funeral service for music hall star Josephine Baker.

    She died on Saturday (12 April) less than 36 hours after being taken ill while playing in a revue celebrating her 50 years in show business.

    Among the distinguished personalities attending the funeral service at the Madeleine church was Princess Grace of Monaco.

    Miss Daker, 68, who took Paris by storm in 1925 as a singer and dancer, was American born of Senegalese extraction.

    She became a heroine of the French resistance in Morocco in World War Two. Nor wartime work was later recognised with the Croix de Guerre an Palm and the Legion of Honour.

    But she found her greatest fulfilment as mother of an international group of orphans. She adopted 12 children and led a fight for racial equality. Asked once what she would have done with her life had she not been an entertainer, she said: "Be the mother of 68,000 children".

    Miss Daker was buried later on Tuesday in Monaco, in the glittering gown she had worn for her gala performance.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABTX33A36TP3QMVIFHC8DMS2RL
    Media URN:
    VLVABTX33A36TP3QMVIFHC8DMS2RL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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