Carmen Miranda

Carmen Miranda

  • Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% Copacabana (1947)
  • Birthday: Feb 9, 1909
  • Birthplace: Marco de Canavezes, Portugal
  • Moviedom's "Brazilian Bombshell" was actually born in Portugal, but as a child Carmen Miranda moved with her large and prosperous family to Rio de Janeiro. That she became a popular musical comedy star is all the more remarkable when one realizes that Miranda was born with deformed feet and had to wear special "lifts" for her performances. Miranda was a well-established and much beloved Brazilian radio, stage, and film personality when, at age 30, she was brought to America by the Schubert Brothers to appear in the 1939 Broadway revue The Streets of Paris (which also served as the "legit" debut of former burlesque comics Abbott and Costello). She was signed to a long-term 20th Century-Fox contract in 1940, which proved a wise move when World War II dried up the European movie market, leaving South America as practically the only foreign outlet for Hollywood films. A flamboyant exponent of the "good neighbor" policy, Miranda sang and danced her way through a series of garish Fox musicals, the most outrageous of which was The Gang's All Here (1943), in which she sang "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat" while adorned with a seemingly gargantuan piece of fruit-laden headgear. When the demand for South-of-the-Border musicals petered out during the postwar era, Miranda began limiting her screen performances, spending more of her professional time with successful nightclub engagements. Off-screen, Miranda was a talented sketch artist and costume designer; she was also very active in charitable work, seeing to it that a generous percentage of her earnings were sent to the destitute in South America. After completing a strenuous dance number for a 1955 episode of TV's The Jimmy Durante Show, Miranda suffered a fatal heart attack; her death touched off widespread mourning throughout all of Latin America. The actress' memory is kept alive by the Carmen Miranda Museum in Rio De Janeiro.

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No Score Yet Tudo É Brasil Actor 2013
No Score Yet Beyond Ipanema Actor 2009
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood - Then and Now Actor 2007
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood Actor 2000
No Score Yet Hidden Hollywood: Treasures From The 20th Century Fox Vaults Actor 1997
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
No Score Yet Gotta Dance, Gotta Sing Actor 1984
71% Scared Stiff Carmelita Castina 1953
No Score Yet Nancy Goes to Rio Marina Rodrigues 1950
57% A Date with Judy Rosita Cochellas 1948
20% Copacabana Carmen Novarro / Mlle. Fifi 1947
No Score Yet If I'm Lucky Michelle O'Toole 1946
No Score Yet Doll Face Chita Chula 1945
No Score Yet Something for the Boys Chiquita Hart 1944
No Score Yet Greenwich Village Princess Querida 1944
No Score Yet Four Jills in a Jeep Guest Star 1944
100% The Gang's All Here Dorita 1943
No Score Yet Springtime in the Rockies Rosita Murphy 1942
No Score Yet Week-End in Havana Rosita Rivas 1941
No Score Yet That Night in Rio Carmen 1941
No Score Yet Down Argentine Way Herself 1940


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