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Carmen Miranda

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The very first Brazilian performer to realize international stardom, singer and actress Carmen Miranda was created Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha on February 9, 1909 in Marco de Canavezes, Portugal, but she grew up in Rio de Janeiro from infancy onward. After giving up school, she started working at a location store, where her habit of performing face to face brought her to the eye of an area radio station. Apparently overnight, Miranda surfaced among the best attractions within the Rio golf club circuit, and upon putting your signature on to RCA in 1928, she became an enormous celebrity throughout Brazil. She produced her film debut in 1933’s A Voz perform Carnaval, solidifying her popularity two years later on with Estudantes. While carrying out at Rio’s Internet casino da Urca in 1939, Miranda was noticed by Broadway impresario Lee Shubert, who instantly arranged to create her to America; she quickly made her NY debut in his present The Roads of Paris before settling in Hollywood the next year. Within the years which implemented, Miranda practically embodied Hollywood’s small and condescending idea of Latin American lifestyle — from her initial starring function in 1940’s Down Argentine Method, her enduring open public image continued to be that of the feisty Brazilian bombshell, invariably clad in a few sort of tremendous fruit-basket headdress while performing and dancing. It had been a graphic she proved struggling to tremble during her film profession; worse, during her first go to back again to Brazil, Miranda was accused to become as well “Americanized.” (The knowledge later led to her melody “Disseram Que European union Voltei Americanizada” — “They Stated I RETURNED Americanized.”) Seeing that Globe War II drew to a finish, however, the marketplace for the light, campy musicals which Miranda’s popularity rested begun to dry out, and in 1953, she produced her final display appearance within the Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis automobile Frightened Stiff. Undaunted, Miranda concentrated increasingly on her behalf nightclub looks, also learning to be a fixture on tv variety displays — indeed, for all your stereotyping she experienced throughout her profession, her performances produced large strides in popularizing Brazilian music, while at exactly the same time paving just how for the raising knowing of all Latin tradition. Still, she experienced severe depression through the entire final many years of her existence, time for Brazil for the ultimate amount of time in 1954; while taping a intense song-and-dance quantity for an bout of television’s The Jimmy Durante Display on August 4, 1955, Miranda experienced a coronary attack, and after time for her Beverly Hillsides home, she passed away the following morning hours at age simply 46. Her body was flown back again to Brazil, where her transferring was met by way of a period of nationwide mourning. A museum was afterwards built in Rio de Janeiro in her honor, and in 1995 she was the main topic of the acclaimed documentary Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is normally My Business.

Quick Facts


Full Name Carmen Miranda
Date Of Birth February 9, 1909
Died August 5, 1955, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Height 1.52 m
Profession Actor, Pin-up model, Singer, Dancer
Nationality Portuguese
Spouse David Sebastian
Parents Maria Emília Miranda, José Maria Pinto da Cunha
Siblings Aurora Miranda, Oscar Miranda, Olinda Miranda, Cecília Miranda, Amaro Miranda
Music Songs Chica, Chica Boom Chic, Rebola A Bola, South American Way, Mama Euquero, O Que E Que A Baiana Tem?, Bambú Bambú, Tic-Tac Do Meu Coracao, Cuanto La Gusta, Weekend In Havana, Disseram Que Voltei Americanisada, When I Love, I Love, Chiquita Banana, Prá Você Gostar De Mim, Give Me a Band and a Bandana, Paduca, Yipsee I-O, Adeus Batucada, I Want My Mama, I Like to Be Loved By You, The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat, O Passo do Kanguru, Co, Co, Co, Co, Co, Co, Ro, Cae Cae, O Tique-Taque Do Meu Coracao, I Yi Yi Yi Yi, Ella Diz Que Tem, Chica Chica Boom, Moleque Indigesto, Cuidado, Hein!, Nao Te Dou A Chupeta, The Matador, Cooking With Glass
Albums Carmen No Cassino Da Urca, A Nossa Carmen Miranda, Carmen Canta Sambas, Os Carnavais De Carmen, Carmen Canta Ary Barroso, The Brazilian Tornado, Maxximum - Carmen Miranda, Carmen Miranda, Vol.1, The Explosive World of Carmen Miranda, Carmen Miranda 1936, O Que E Que A Baiana Tem?, Grandes Éxitos de Carmen Miranda (Remastered), Greatest South American Classics, Latin Fruit Basket, The Music of Brazil / Carmen Miranda Collection of 'choros' / Recordings 1930 - 1940, Carmen Miranda's Rebola A Bola, Hits From Great American Musicals, Amor! Amor!, Carmen`s Hits, Vol. 2 (Remastered), Carmen Miranda, Vol.3, The Platinum Collection, Ladies in Jazz - Carmen Miranda, Best Brazilian Songs, O nêgo no samba (1929-1933), Portrait, Hoje, Collector´s Item (Tico-tico no fuba), Latin Pearls, Vol.3: Carmen Miranda, Sua Melhor Época, Carmen Miranda Selected Favorites, The Gang's All Here, Carmen Miranda, Vol. 2, Great Classics, Tico Tico (42 Original Tracks), The Extraordinary Girl, Tico Tico, The Brazilian Legend, The Brazilian Bombshell: 25 Hits 1939-1947, Mama Eu Quero, A Week-End in Havana, Carmen Miranda 1940, Carmen Miranda 1935, Raízes do Samba, 1930-1945, Mamae Eu Quero, Carmen Miranda 1939, O melhor de Carmen Miranda, The Best Of Carmen Miranda, Chica Chica Boom Chic, A Weekend In Havana, Rebola A Bola
Movies Down Argentine Way, The Gang's All Here, That Night in Rio, Week-End in Havana, Copacabana, Greenwich Village, Something for the Boys, Springtime in the Rockies, Doll Face, If I'm Lucky, Scared Stiff, Nancy Goes to Rio, A Date with Judy, Four Jills in a Jeep, Hello, Hello, Carnival!, Tudo É Brasil
TV Shows The Jimmy Durante Show


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#Fact
1 To date (2016) the only Brazilian to have their hand- and footprints in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater.
2 Although born in Portugal, considered herself Brazilian at heart.
3 Pictured on one of five nondenominated USA commemorative stamps honoring Latin Music Legends, issued on 16 March 2011; price on day of issue was 44¢. The other stamps honored Tito Puente, Selena, Carlos Gardel, and Celia Cruz.
4 Mother Maria Emilia Miranda 1886-1971.
5 Daughter of José Maria Pinto da Cunha (1887-1938) and Maria Emília Miranda (1886-1971).
6 Her contract with 20th Century Fox specified that there would be no cutting away from her to reaction shots and/or dialog from other players while her musical numbers were in progress.
7 Carmen Miranda, or rather her ghost, is the subject of a song by Leslie Fish called "Carmen Miranda's ghost is haunting Space Station Three". There is also a book by that name, containing a collection of short stories. The only connection between the stories is that each have to do with the title.
8 She was the subject of a Jimmy Buffett song called, "They Don't Dance Like Carmen No More"
9 Sister of actress Aurora Miranda (b.1915), Olinda (b.1907), Amaro (b.1911), Cecília (b.1913) and Oscar (b.1916).
10 She appeared in the 1939 Broadway revue, "Streets of Paris", in which she introduced the song "South American Way".
11 The "Lady with the Tutti-Frutti Hat" in Hollywood musicals of the 1940s. See her at her sparkling best as the cheeky "Rosita Murphy" in the gorgeous Technicolor Springtime in the Rockies (1942), in which, without the slightest effort, she virtually steals every scene she's in - upstaging even the film's [nominal] star, Betty Grable!
12 In the 40s she was the highest paid star/ performer in the USA.
13 The intersection of Hollywood Bl. and Orange Drive, was named Carmen Miranda Square. [September 1998]


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My First Apartamento: Zoe Bedeaux 2015 Documentary short performer: "Adeus Batucada"
Manhattan 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Land Girls 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dzi Croquettes 2009 Documentary performer: "Ela Diz Que Tem"
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing 2009 Video documentary performer: "Chico Chico", "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi I Like You Very Much" - uncredited
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs 2008 Video performer: "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi I Like You Very Much"
The Lives of the Saints 2006 performer: "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi I Like You Very Much"
Eu Me Lembro 2005 performer: "Disseram que Voltei Americanizada"
Russian Doll 2001 performer: "Wedding Samba"
Il male di questo secolo 1997 Short performer: "I like It Very Much"
Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults 1997 TV Movie documentary performer: "South American Way" uncredited, "Chica Chica Boom Chic" uncredited, "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat" uncredited, "Mamãe Eu Quero", "True to the Navy"
Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business 1995 Documentary performer: "Aquarela do Brasil", "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat", "Chica Chica Boom Chic", "A Week-End in Havana", "South American Way"
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary performer: "Baião Ca-Room' Pa Pa" - uncredited
Radio Days 1987 performer: "South American Way" 1939
Sem Sombra de Pecado 1983 "ALO, ALO"
Class of '44 1973 performer: "South American Way"
Myra Breckinridge 1970 performer: "Chica Chica Boom Chic" - uncredited
The Prisoner 1968 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Beloved Infidel 1959 performer: "Boa Noite Good-Night" - uncredited
Scared Stiff 1953 performer: "Bongo Bingo", "Enchiladas"
I Love Lucy 1951 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Nancy Goes to Rio 1950 performer: "Yipsee-I-O", "Baião Ca-Room' Pa Pa" - uncredited
A Date with Judy 1948 performer: "Cooking With Gas", "Cuanto La Gusta", "Its a Most Unusual Day" Reprise #2 - Finale
Copacabana 1947 performer: "Tico Tico No Fubá", "Je Vous Aime", "He Hasn't Got a Thing to Sell", "To Make a Hit with Fifi", "Let's Do the Copacabana" - uncredited
If I'm Lucky 1946 performer: "Follow the Band", "Bet Your Bottom Dollar", "Botocudo" - uncredited
Doll Face 1945 performer: "Chico Chico" - uncredited
Something for the Boys 1944 performer: "WOULDN'T IT BE NICE?", "BATUCA NEGA", "SAMBA-BOOGIE"
Greenwich Village 1944 performer: "I'm Just Wild About Harry" uncredited, "I Like to Be Loved by You" uncredited, "Give Me a Band and a Bandana"
Four Jills in a Jeep 1944 performer: "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi I Like You Very Much", "Mamãe Eu Quero" - uncredited
The Gang's All Here 1943 performer: "Brazil Aquarela Do Brasil", "You Discover You're in New York", "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat", "Paducah" - uncredited
Springtime in the Rockies 1942 performer: "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "O 'Tic-Tac' do Meu Coração", "Pan American Jubilee"
Week-End in Havana 1941 performer: "A Week-End in Havana", "Rebola a Bola Embolada", "When I Love, I Love", "The Ñango Nyango" - uncredited
That Night in Rio 1941 performer: "Chica Chica Boom Chic", "Cai Cai", "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi I Like You Very Much", "Boa Noite Good-Night" - uncredited
Down Argentine Way 1940 performer: "Bambu Bambu", "Mamãe Yo Quero" 1940, "South American Way" 1939 - uncredited
Laranja-da-China 1940 performer: "O Que é Que a Baiana Tem?"
Banana-da-Terra 1939 performer: "O Que é Que a Baiana Tem?", "Pirulito"
Alô Alô Carnaval 1936 performer: "Cantores do Rádio", "Querido Adão"
Estudantes 1935 performer: "Sonho de Papel", "E Bateu-se a Chapa"
Alô, Alô, Brasil 1935 performer: "Primavera no Rio"
A Voz do Carnaval 1933 performer: "Moleque Indigesto", "Good-Bye"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Scared Stiff 1953 Carmelita Castinha
Nancy Goes to Rio 1950 Marina Rodrigues
A Date with Judy 1948 Rosita Conchellas
Copacabana 1947 Carmen Navarro / Mlle Fifi
If I'm Lucky 1946 Michelle O'Toole
Doll Face 1945 Chita Chula
Something for the Boys 1944 Chiquita Hart
Greenwich Village 1944 Princess Querida O'Toole
Four Jills in a Jeep 1944 Carmen Miranda
The Gang's All Here 1943 Dorita
Springtime in the Rockies 1942 Rosita Murphy
Week-End in Havana 1941 Rosita Rivas
That Night in Rio 1941 Carmen
Down Argentine Way 1940 Carmen Miranda
Laranja-da-China 1940
Banana-da-Terra 1939
Alô Alô Carnaval 1936
Estudantes 1935 Mimi
Alô, Alô, Brasil 1935
Degraus da Vida 1930

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saludos Amigos 1942 Short technical advisor - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jimmy Durante Show 1955 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1953 TV Series Herself
All Star Revue 1951-1953 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist / Herself - Guest Samba Vocalist / Dancer
Texaco Star Theatre 1948-1952 TV Series Herself - Singer / Dancer / Herself / ...
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1951-1952 TV Series Herself - Singer / Herself
What's My Line? 1951 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
TV Club 1951 TV Series documentary Herself
The Ed Wynn Show 1949 TV Series Herself
Erskine Johnson's Hollywood Reel 1949 TV Series Herself
The All-Star Bond Rally 1945 Short Herself (Pinup Girl)
Meet the Stars #5: Hollywood Meets the Navy 1941 Documentary short Herself
A Voz do Carnaval 1933 Herself at Rádio Mayrink Veiga
Carnaval Cantado de no Rio 1932 Documentary

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2014 TV Series Herself
Imagine 2014 TV Series documentary Herself
O Homem que Engarrafava Nuvens 2009 Documentary
Cantoras do Rádio - O Filme 2009 Documentary
Memòries de la tele 2008 TV Series Herself
Brasil Brasil 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary
Legends 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
Cartola - Música Para os Olhos 2007 Video documentary Herself
La tierra de las 1000 músicas 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema 2002 Documentary Herself
Tudo É Brasil 1997 Documentary Herself
Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults 1997 TV Movie documentary Herself
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years 1997 TV Movie documentary Actress 'The Gang's All Here' (uncredited)
Biography 1996 TV Series documentary Herself
Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business 1995 Documentary Herself
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary Performer in Clip from 'Nancy Goes to Rio' (uncredited)
It's All True 1993 Documentary Herself
Milton Berle, the Second Time Around: The Funny Fifties 1989 Video
Cocoon 1985 Herself, Vocalist on Recording: 'Weekend in Havana' (uncredited)
Showbiz Goes to War 1982 TV Movie
Mulheres de Cinema 1978 Documentary short Herself
Hooray for Hollywood 1975 Documentary Herself
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals 1974 TV Movie Herself
That's Entertainment! 1974 Documentary Clip from 'A Date with Judy' (uncredited)
Carmen Miranda 1969 Documentary short Herself
Isto É Lamartine 1969 Short Herself
Project XX 1960 TV Series documentary Herself - Singer

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6262 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Trademark
1 Tall platform sandals
2 Enthusiastic personality
3 High cheek bones
4 Portuguese accent
5 Was best known for her musical numbers where she wore a costume featuring a hat decorated with fruit.

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