Carmen Miranda Overview:

Legendary actress, Carmen Miranda, was born Maria do Carmo Miranda Da Cunha on Feb 9, 1909 in Marco de Canavezes, Portugal. Miranda died at the age of 46 on Aug 5, 1955 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Cemit?rio S?o Jo?o Batista, Botafogo Cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Extravagantly made-up, with eyebrows that reached nearly to her black hair, and the widest mouth since Martha Raye, Carmen Miranda could have been made of wood - but when she danced, and sang, you knew she wasn't. Known as "The Brazilian Bombshell" (although born in Portugal) she spoke wonderful fractured English, and stormed to immense popularity in wartime Hollywood musicals. She was said to have been fired by Fox when they found she wore no knickers beneath her swirling dresses! Died from a heart attack.

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Carmen Miranda's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #56 on Mar 24, 1941. Miranda was never nominated for an Academy Award.

BlogHub Articles:

Fridays With : That Night in Rio (1941)

on Jun 24, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

Our farewell to the month of all things Miranda sees a few other exits as well. After starting out with The Gang’s All Here (1943) which had lost its prime star, Don Ameche, we conclude with our first Ameche pairing with Alice Faye…which was also their last film together. Are you confuse... Read full article

Fridays With : Doll Face (1945)

on Jun 10, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

In just two years became?a mainstay at?20th Century-Fox, mainly working in programmers, the cinematic equivalent of a paint-by-numbers coloring book. Her appearances extended to having a different name but playing nonetheless, usually accompanied by a joke describing?he... Read full article

Fridays With : The Gang’s All Here (1943)

on Jun 2, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

The final Fridays With recipient until fall is the “lady in the tutti frutti hat,” ! The Portuguese chanteuse best remembered for her fruit-inspired headgear popped up in several 20th-Century Fox musicals, usually paired with Alice Faye. We start with her fifth outing for F... Read full article

The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon, 1944: , The Three Caballeros and the Good Neighbor Policy

By Bernardo Villela on Jan 14, 2014 From The Movie Rat

Introduction and Approach With the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon it was always my feeling that there was, and is, only so much of any given time period that one can truly discuss given the confines of a blog post. Truly if you’re looking at an artform such as film one that was so fru... Read full article

The Legend of

By Lara on Oct 9, 2013 From Backlots

By Lara Gabrielle Fowler Though many outside of the classic film world might not know her name, is, nonetheless, one of the most widely recognized figures of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her signature look, always featuring an elaborate hat often made of fruit, has inspired countless... Read full article

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Carmen Miranda Quotes:

Dorita: You are here to kick up some more heels, huh?

Dorita: [singing] Some people say I dress too gay, but every day I feel so gay, and when I'm gay I dress that way, is something wrong with that? Noooo!

Chiquita Hart: What a letdown. I think I'm going to be a Southern belle and I get sold down the river.

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Sister of actress Aurora Miranda (b.1915), Olinda (b.1907), Amaro (b.1911), Cecília (b.1913) and Oscar (b.1916).

Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett included a tribute to Carmen Miranda on his 1973 album A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, entitled "They Don't Dance Like Carmen No More."

Visitors to Rio de Janeiro can find a museum dedicated to Carmen Miranda in the Flamengo neighborhood on Avenida Rui Barbosa. The museum includes several original costumes, and shows clips from her filmography. There is also a museum dedicated to her in Marco de Canaveses, Portugal called "Museu Municipal Carmen Miranda", with various photos and one of the famous hats. Outside the museum there is a statue of Carmen Miranda.

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