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PORTRAIT OF THE WEEK

June 18, 2014

CARMEN MIRANDA

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None other than the Brazilian Bombshell herself, Carmen Miranda, is the Funhouse’s Portrait of the Week.

Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha was born February 9, 1909. She was already a star in South America, appearing in several Brazilian feature films. Carmen was imported to the US in 1939 to appear in the Broadway revue, The Streets of Paris.

She was signed by 20th Century-Fox in 1940 and that same year was voted the most popular personality in America. Her star burned white-hot in a series of frothy Technical musicals for the studio. Her wild outfits and fruit-laden headgear made her an international  celebrity.

Her career declined after World War II, but she continued to work in night clubs, the occasional feature film, and entered the new medium of television. It was during a 1955 TV appearance that she suffered a heart attack, and by the next day she had passed away.

She was unique, to say the least! Audiences of the time had never seen anyone quite like her before. And they haven’t since.

 

 






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