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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Born in 1909.
1910 1 Year Old Her mother followed in 1910 with their daughters Olinda (1907–1931) and Maria do Carmo. … Read More


1929 20 Years Old Miranda was discovered when she 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. … Read More
1930 21 Years Old The increasing commercialization of popular music helped make Carmen Miranda the first truly national pop icon in Brazil's history. In November 1930, Miranda negotiated a recording contract with RCA Victor, the Brazilian subsidiary of the American music conglomerate. … Read More
1933 24 Years Old Such was her gracefulness and vitality, as apparent in her recordings as in her live performances, that she was immediately dubbed "Cantora do It"; later she became "Ditadora Risonha do Samba", and then, in 1933, the radio announcer Cesar Ladeira gave her a lasting moniker: "A Pequena Notável". … Read More
1934 25 Years Old Carmen's next screen performance was in the musical Hello, Hello Brazil! (1935), and her proven star status in the world of popular music was reflected in the fact that she was chosen to provide the closing number of the film, the marcha "Primavera no Rio", which she had recorded on the Victor record label in August 1934. … Read More


During her later career, Miranda would become primarily identified with her colorful fruit-hat costume and image, though she only adopted that costume in 1939. … Read More
…  Miranda's contract with 20th Century Fox lasted from 1941 to 1946; this period coincides with the time of World War II (1939–1945) and the creation in 1940 of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (OCIAA), based in Rio de Janeiro, whose goal was to obtain support from governments and Latin American societies for the cause of the United States. … Read More
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1944 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1944, Miranda starred with Don Ameche, Greenwich Village, a Fox musical with William Bendix and Vivian Blaine in supporting roles. … Read More
1945 36 Years Old By 1945, she had become Hollywood's highest-paid entertainer and top female taxpayer in the United States, earning more than $200,000 that year ($2.2 million in 2010 adjusted for inflation). … Read More
1946 37 Years Old When Carmen's contract with 20th Century Fox expired on January 1, 1946, she made the decision to pursue her acting career free of the constraints of the studios. … Read More
1947 38 Years Old Carmen Miranda and David Sebastian married on 17 March 1947. … Read More
1948 39 Years Old Though her film career was faltering, Miranda's music career remained solid, and she was still a popular attraction at nightclubs. From 1948 to 1950, Miranda teamed with The Andrews Sisters to produce and record three Decca singles. Their first collaboration was on radio in 1945 when Miranda guested on ABC's The Andrews Sisters Show. The first single, "Cuanto Le Gusta", was the most popular (a best-selling record and a number-twelve Billboard hit). "The Wedding Samba" (#23) followed in 1950. … Read More


1953 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1953, Carmen Miranda embarked on a four-month European tour.
According to Bananas Is My Business, her family blamed a troubled and abusive marriage for Miranda's nervous breakdown, forcing her to return to Rio de Janeiro to recuperate from acute depression and anxiety, before heading back, once again, to the U.S. to resume her celebrity career in 1955. … Read More
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