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Carmen Miranda

Actress + Singer
Born Feb 9, 1909

Carmen Miranda, GCIH was a Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer, Broadway actress and Hollywood film star popular in the 1940s and 1950s. She was, by some accounts, the highest-earning woman in the United States and noted for her signature fruit hat outfit she wore in the 1943 movie The Gang's All Here. Though hailed as a talented performer, her movie roles in the United States soon became cartoonish and she grew to resent them.… Read More

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In 1909 when she was ten months old, her father emigrated alone to Brazil and settled in Rio de Janeiro, where he opened a barber shop.
1910 1 Year Old Her mother followed in 1910 with their daughters Olinda and Maria do Carmo. … Read More


1929 20 Years Old Her extraordinary talent was discovered when Miranda was first introduced to composer Josué de Barros, who went on to promote and record her first album with Brunswick, a German recording company in 1929.
1930 21 Years Old In 1930, she was known to be Brazil's gem singer, and in 1933 went on to sign a two-year contract with Rádio Mayrink Veiga, becoming the first contract singer in the radio industry history of Brazil.
1934 25 Years Old In 1934, she was invited as a guest performer in Radio Belgrano in Buenos Aires. … Read More
1935 26 Years Old But it was the 1935 film Estudantes that seemed to solidify her in the minds of the movie-going public.
1936 27 Years Old In the 1936 movie Alô Alô Carnaval, she performed the famous song Cantoras do Rádio with her sister Aurora, for the first time.


1939 30 Years Old Miranda signed a movie contract with Hollywood and arrived in the United States in 4 May 1939 with her band, the Bando da Lua. … Read More
1946 37 Years Old By 1946 she was Hollywood's highest-paid entertainer and top female tax payer in the United States, earning more than $200,000 that year (=$2.2 million in 2010 adjusted for inflation), according to IRS records.
1947 38 Years Old Against her family's wishes, she married on 17 March 1947 to failed American movie producer David Alfred Sebastian, born in Detroit on 23 November 1908.
1948 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1948 she became pregnant, but suffered a miscarriage after a show. … Read More


1953 44 Years Old After returning to the United States, Miranda made her final film appearance in the 1953 film Scared Stiff with Martin and Lewis. … Read More
1955 46 Years Old 1 More Event
On 4 August 1955, Miranda suffered a heart attack during a segment of the live NBC television series, The Jimmy Durante Show. … Read More
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