Josephine Baker (1950)
American-born Baker left her famous banana skirt at home when she first traveled to Cuba for a five-week residency at the American Theater. Despite her fame, she was denied lodging at the prestigious Hotel Nacional due to the color of her skin and forced to find more modest accommodations.
In January 1966, she made a triumphant return at the invitation of President Fidel Castro, who requested her talents to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Communist Revolution. Her performance broke attendance records at the Teatro Musical de La Habana.