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Aurora Miranda in The Three Caballeros.
20 April 1915|
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Died||22 December 2005
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Spouse(s)||Gabriel Richaid (m. 1940–90)|
Aurora Miranda da Cunha Richaid (20 April 1915 – 22 December 2005) was a Brazilian entertainer. Miranda began her career at the age of 18 in 1933. She appeared in several films, including The Three Caballeros, where she danced with Donald Duck and José Carioca, singing the song, "Os Quindins de Yayá". Her sister was Carmen Miranda.
In 1932, aged 18, she was asked to perform on the Mayrink Veiga radio station by Josué de Barros, the same composer who had launched her sister's career 10 years earlier. Soon she was snapped up by a rival station and within 12 months she had released her first record, Cai, Cai, Balao (Drop, Drop Balloon) alongside the crooner then considered Brazil's rei da voz or "king of the voice", Francisco Alves. Alves was known for supporting up-and-coming artists and there was none more promising than Aurora, who many still believe had a more beautiful voice than Carmen.
In 1934 she recorded Cidade Maravilhosa, a song for the 1935 carnaval written by André Filho who also sings on the recording, about the "marvelous city" of Rio de Janeiro, "the heart of my Brasil". The song was to become the official Rio hymn, and its title became the nickname for Rio.
Among the films in which the singer participated are, Banana-da-Terra, Alô, Alô, Carnaval, Estudantes and Alô, Alô, Brasil. Ended his artistic career in 1958 to devote himself to family, Aurora Miranda yet returned to film in 1989, in the film Dias Melhores Virão.
In 1940 she married Gabriel Richaid clad in a gold-embroidered wedding dress shipped from the US by Carmen. It was a gesture she would remember for the rest of her life.
- Overview for Aurora Miranda http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/132713%7C16945/Aurora-Miranda/
- Obituary: Aurora Miranda http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2006/mar/06/guardianobituaries.brazil
- Irmã de Carmem Miranda morre aos 90 anos
- Morre, aos 90 anos, irmã de Carmem Miranda
- Morreu a irmã de Carmen Miranda
- Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business (1995)
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