Carmen Miranda, GCIH was a Portuguese Brazilian samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress, and film star who was popular from the 1930s to the 1950s.
By the 1930s, Miranda was a local star, singing and dancing in musicals and five Brazilian feature films. Lee Shubert, a Broadway impresario, offered the Carmen Miranda an eight week contract to perform in "The Streets of Paris" on Broadway after seeing her perform at Cassino da Urca in the Rio de Janeiro in 1939.
In 1940, she made her first Hollywood film, "Down Argentine Way", with Don Ameche and Betty Grable, her exotic clothing and Latin accent became her trademark. In the same year, she was voted the third most popular personality in the United States, and was invited to sing and dance for President Franklin Roosevelt, along with her group, "Bando da Lua". Nicknamed "The Brazilian Bombshell", Carmen 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.