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Visit our What to Watch page. Sign In. Down 3, this week. Not long after her birth her family moved to Brazil, where her father was involved in the produce business. The family settled in the then-capital city of Rio de Janeiro. After leaving school, Carmen got a job at a Born: February 9 , in Marco de Canavezes, Portugal.
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With the help of the Brazilian government who saw the good national image opportunity in Carmen, her demand was met. She proved to be a hit on Broadway, though her image was that of a foreign bimbo because she didn't know english. She later made films, but by then much of Brazil thought she became too "Americanized".
When the US entered World War II, South America became the subject of American diplomatic attention, because it was an alternative source for raw materials that previously came from Europe. Carmen was the showpiece of Hollywood's contribution to this attitude of trans-Continental chumminess.
Unfortunately, in doing so, Carmen became trapped in the image of the fruit dancer that every producer insisted on having. Even her attempt at a break-out role in Copacanba had to have her doing the same dance act for part of the film. It proved to be a disaster in many ways since it failed and she married the producer of the film, David Sebastian. He proved to be an abusive and opportunistic brute who made Carmen's life hell.
Yet Carmen was a good Catholic and never considered a divorce. Instead she kept up a grueling schedule of shows, taking uppers and downers to remain functional, even when they began to damage her health.
Eventually she collapsed and her doctor ordered her to go back to Brazil. She recovered and returned to America to resume the grind until she died of a heart attack hours after her final appearance on the Jimmy Durante Show.
Sign In. Edit Carmen Miranda. Showing all 28 items. The producer was Irving Starr, who oversaw the studio's second-string films. According to Time magazine, the film "turns out to have nothing very notable for anyone". A monochrome Carmen Miranda reduced the box-office appeal of the backstage musical, Doll Face , in which she was fourth on the bill.
Miranda played Chita Chula, billed in the show-within-the-film as "the little lady from Brazil"—a cheerful comic sidekick to leading lady Doll Face Vivian Blaine with one musical number and little dialogue. The innovation is not a success, but the fault is the director's not Carmen's. In If I'm Lucky , her follow-up film for Fox when she was no longer under contract, Miranda was again fourth on the bill with her stock screen persona firmly in evidence: heavily-accented English, comic malapropisms , and bizarre hairstyles recreating her famous turbans.
Miranda's ambition was to play a lead role showcasing her comic skills, which she set out to do in Copacabana , an independent production released by United Artists starring Groucho Marx. Although Miranda's film career was faltering, her musical career remained solid and she was still a popular nightclub attraction. Their first single, "Cuanto La Gusta", was the most popular and reached number twelve on the Billboard chart.
In the first production MGM wanted to portray a different image, allowing her to remove her turban and reveal her own hair styled by Sydney Guilaroff and makeup by Jack Dawn.
Miranda's wardrobe for the film substituted elegant dresses and hats designed by Helen Rose for "baiana" outfits. She was again fourth on the bill as Rosita Cochellas, a rumba teacher who first appears about 40 minutes into the film and has little dialogue. Despite MGM's efforts to change Miranda's persona, her roles in both productions were peripheral, watered-down caricatures relying on fractured English and over-the-top musical and dance numbers.
Returning full-circle to her first Hollywood film, Down Argentine Way , she had virtually no narrative function. Miranda played Carmelita Castilha, a Brazilian showgirl on a cruise ship, with her costumes and performances bordering on self-parody.
In April , she began a four-month European tour. While performing in Cincinnati in October, Miranda collapsed from exhaustion; she was rushed to LeRoy Sanitarium by her husband, Dave Sebastian, and canceled four following performances.
According to Bananas Is My Business , Miranda's family blamed her troubled, abusive marriage for her nervous breakdown which forced her to return to Rio de Janeiro for four months to recuperate. She returned to the US on 4 April Desiring creative freedom, Miranda decided to produce her own film in and played opposite Groucho Marx in Copacabana.
The film's budget was divided into about ten investors' shares. Sebastian befriended her, and they began dating.
Concannon officiating. Although the marriage was brief, Miranda who was Catholic did not want a divorce. Her sister, Aurora , said in the documentary Bananas is My Business : "He married her for selfish reasons; she got very sick after she married and lived with a lot of depression".
Miranda was discreet, and little is known about her private life. Miranda performed at the New Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas in April , and in Cuba three months later before returning to Los Angeles to recuperate from a recurrent bronchial ailment.
According to Durante, Miranda had complained of feeling unwell before filming; he offered to find her a replacement, but she declined. After completing "Jackson, Miranda, and Gomez", a song-and-dance number with Durante, she fell to one knee.
Durante later said, "I thought she had slipped. She got up and said she was outa breath. I told her I'll take her lines. But she goes ahead with 'em. We finished work about 11 o'clock and she seemed happy. After the last take, Miranda and Durante gave an impromptu performance on the set for the cast and technicians.
The singer took several cast members and some friends home with her for a small party. She went upstairs to bed at about 3 a. Miranda undressed, placed her platform shoes in a corner, lit a cigarette, placed it in an ashtray and went into her bathroom to remove her makeup. She apparently came from the bathroom with a small, round mirror in her hand; in the small hall which led to her bedroom, she collapsed with a fatal heart attack.
Miranda was 46 years old. In accordance with her wishes, Miranda's body was flown back to Rio de Janeiro ; the Brazilian government declared a period of national mourning. For her contributions to the entertainment industry, Miranda has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the south side of the block of Hollywood Boulevard. Miranda's Hollywood image was that of a generic Latina, blurring distinctions between Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, and Mexico and samba, tango and habanera music.
It was stylized and flamboyant; she often wore platform sandals and towering headdresses made of fruit , becoming known as "the lady in the tutti-frutti hat". Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso wrote about Miranda's legacy in an essay for The New York Times , "For generations of musicians who were adolescents in the second half of the s and became adults at the height of the Brazilian military dictatorship and the international wave of counterculture - my generation - Carmen Miranda was first a cause of both pride and shame, and later, a symbol that inspired the merciless gaze we began to cast upon ourselves; Carmen conquered 'white' America as no other South American has done or ever would, in an era when it was enough to be 'recognizable Latin and Negroid' in style and aesthetics to attract attention.
Miranda helped establish and transform the relationship between Brazilian musicians and American producers that now has created several remarkable transnational collaborations To think of her is to think about the complexity of this relationship". Although she was more popular abroad than in Brazil at her death, Miranda contributed to Brazilian music and culture. She was accused of commercializing Brazilian music and dance, but Miranda can be credited with bringing its national music the samba to a global audience.
She introduced the baiana , with wide skirts and turbans, as a Brazilian showgirl at home and abroad. The baiana became a central feature of Carnival for women and men. Since her death, Miranda is remembered as an important Brazilian artist and one of the most influential in Hollywood. She was one of stars nominated for the American Film Institute 's 50 greatest screen legends.
Marie Therese Dominguez, vice president of government relations and public policy for the postal service, said: "From this day forward, these colorful, vibrant images of our Latin music legends will travel on letters and packages to every single household in America. In this small way, we have created a lasting tribute to five extraordinary performers, and we are proud and honored to share their legacy with Americans everywhere through these beautiful stamps".
The song describes the chaos that ensues when the singer's ghost appears on a space station. It was later the basis for a multi-author short story anthology edited by Don Sakers. At the Closing Ceremony of the Rio Summer Olympics, a few seconds' homage to Miranda is paid by the Olympics when an animated, projected image of the iconic Carmen Miranda appears on the floor of the Maracana Stadium. Bonita Flamingo, a character in the children's show Noddy , is a flamingo spoof of Miranda.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the Spanish volleyball player, see Carmen Miranda volleyball. Brazilian actress and singer. This name uses Portuguese naming customs : the first or maternal family name is Miranda and the second or paternal family name is Cunha. Miranda in the New York Sunday News Marco de Canaveses , Portugal. Beverly Hills, California , U. David Alfred Sebastian. Aurora Miranda sister Cecilia Miranda sister. Chegou a hora da fogueira.
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