Carmen Miranda Movies and Career Information

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Feb 09, 1909
Marco de Canaveses Municipality
Carmen Miranda, GCIH was a Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress, and film star who was popular from the 1930s to the 1950s. Miranda began her singing career in 1929, and enjoyed 10 years as a major Brazilian singing star. In 1939 she moved to the United States to perform on Broadway on contract with the American theatre owner Lee Shubert. In 1940, 20th Century Fox invited Carmen to star in the film Down Argentine Way. The movie was criticised in Brazil and Argentina and, upset by this criticism, she did not return to Brazil again for 14 years. But the film was a success with the American public, and she was encouraged by the United States government as part of President Roosevelt's Good Neighbour Policy – designed to strengthen links with Latin America. Nicknamed "The Brazilian Bombshell", Miranda is noted for her signature fruit hat outfit she wore in her American films, particularly in 1943's The Gang's All Here. By 1945, she was the highest paid woman in the United States. Miranda made a total of fourteen Hollywood films between 1940 and 1953. Though hailed as a talented performer, her popularity waned by the end of World War II. She later grew to resent the stereotypical "Brazilian Bombshell" image she cultivated and attempted to break free of it with limited success.

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