Miranda, published by New York Sunday News (1941)
|Born||Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha
9 February 1909
Marco de Canaveses, Portugal
|Died||5 August 1955
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||São João Batista Cemetery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Other names||The Brazilian Bombshell
The Chiquita Banana Girl
A Pequena Notável (in Brazil)
|Education||Convent of Saint Therese of Lisieux|
|Occupation||Singer, dancer, actress|
|Spouse(s)||David Alfred Sebastian (m. 1947–55)|
Carmen Miranda, GCIH • OMC (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaɾmẽȷ̃ miˈɾɐ̃dɐ], 9 February 1909 – 5 August 1955) was a Portuguese Brazilian samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress, and film star who was popular from the 1930s to the 1950s.
By the 1930s, Miranda was a local star, singing and dancing in musicals and five Brazilian feature films. Lee Shubert, a Broadway businessman, offered Carmen Miranda an eight-week contract to perform in The Streets of Paris on Broadway after seeing her perform at Cassino da Urca in Rio de Janeiro in 1939.
In 1940, she made her first Hollywood film, Down Argentine Way, with Don Ameche and Betty Grable, her exotic clothing and Latin accent became her trademark. In the same year, she was voted the third most popular personality in the United States, and was invited to sing and dance for President Franklin Roosevelt, along with her group, Bando da Lua. Nicknamed "The Brazilian Bombshell", Carmen Miranda is noted for her signature fruit hat outfit she wore in her American films, particularly in 1943's The Gang's All Here. By 1945, she was the highest paid woman in the United States.
Miranda made a total of fourteen Hollywood films between 1940 and 1953. Though hailed as a talented performer, her popularity waned by the end of World War II. She later grew to resent the stereotypical "Brazilian Bombshell" image she cultivated and attempted to break free of it, with limited success. Undaunted, Miranda focused increasingly on her nightclub appearances, also becoming a fixture on television variety shows—indeed, for all the stereotyping she faced throughout her career, her performances made huge strides in popularizing Brazilian music, while at the same time paving the way for the increasing awareness of all Latin culture.
Carmen Miranda was the first Latin American star to be invited to imprint her hands and feet in the courtyard of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, in 1941. She became the first South American to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is considered the precursor of Brazil's Tropicalismo cultural movement of the 1960s.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Death
- 5 Image
- 6 Legacy
- 7 In popular culture
- 8 Filmography
- 9 Singles
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 Bibliography
- 13 External links
Carmen Miranda was born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha in Várzea da Ovelha e Aliviada, a village in the northern Portuguese municipality of Marco de Canaveses. She was the second daughter of José Maria Pinto da Cunha (17 February 1887 – 21 June 1938) and Maria Emília Miranda (10 March 1886 – Rio de Janeiro, 9 November 1971). 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. Her mother followed in 1910 with their daughters Olinda (1907–1931) and Maria do Carmo. Maria do Carmo, later Carmen, never returned to Portugal, but retained her Portuguese nationality. In Brazil, her parents had four more children: Amaro (1911), Cecília (1913–2011), Aurora (1915–2005) and Óscar (1916).
She was christened Carmen by her father because of his love for the opera comique, and also after Bizet's masterpiece Carmen. This passion for opera influenced his children, and Miranda's love for singing and dancing at an early age. She went to school at the Convent of Saint Therese of Lisieux. Her father did not approve of her plans to enter show business. However, her mother supported her and was beaten when her husband discovered Miranda had auditioned for a radio show. She had previously sung at parties and festivals in Rio. Her older sister Olinda contracted tuberculosis and was sent to Portugal for treatment. Miranda went to work in a tie shop at age 14 to help pay her sister's medical bills. She next worked in a boutique, where she learned to make hats and opened her own hat business which became profitable.
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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. The following year, she recorded (Taí, Eu fiz Tudo) Prá Você Gostar de Mim (also known as Taí) written by Joubert de Carvalho and became the most popular singing star in Brazil, a position she would maintain throughout the 1930s.
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. In 1933 went on to sign a two-year contract with Rádio Mayrink Veiga, the most popular station in the 1930s, becoming the first contract singer in the radio industry history of Brazil (though for a year – 1937 – she moved over to Radio Tupi). Later she signed a contract with record label RCA Records. In 1934, she was invited to perform as a guest artist on Radio Belgrano in Buenos Aires. In 1935, Odeon finally got her to sign a contract. This resulted in a number of hits, many of which are now classics of Brazilian music.
Miranda's rise to Brazilian stardom was intricately linked to the growing popularity of a distinctly Brazilian style of music: the samba. The expansion of the samba, and of Miranda's popularity, was greatly supportive of the refiguring of Brazilian nationalism during the regime of President Getúlio Vargas. 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". During the 1930s, Miranda recorded nearly three hundred songs, many written exclusively for her by Brazil's most renowned composers, such as Ary Barroso, Synval Silva and Dorival Caymmi. While recording or performing on radio and stage, she counted on Brazil's top musicians.
From 1933 to 1939, Brazil's burgeoning film industry, capitalizing on her widespread appeal, featured her in five films, invariably with parts that allowed her to showcase her vocal talent. As with other popular singers of the era, Miranda made her screen debut in the Brazilian documentary A Voz Do Carnaval (1933). Two years later, she appeared in her first feature film entitled Alô, Alô Brasil. But it was the 1935 film Estudantes that seemed to solidify her in the minds of the movie-going public. In the 1936 movie Hello, Hello, Carnival!, she performed the famous song "Cantoras do Rádio" with her sister Aurora, for the first time.
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. In that year she appeared in the film Banana-da-Terra, where she wore a glamorized version of the traditional costume of a poor black girl of Bahia: flowing dress and fruit-hat turban. Singing the song "O que é que a Baiana Tem?"("What does a Baiana have?"), the intent was to empower a social class which was usually looked down upon.
In 1939 the Broadway impresario Lee Shubert visited Rio de Janeiro and witnessed the Brazilian sensation in action after seeing Miranda's extravagant stage show at the "Cassino da Urca". Shubert immediately offered her a contract to perform in his summer musical, The Streets of Paris. Although she was intrigued by the possibility of performing in New York, Miranda refused to accept the deal unless Shubert agreed to also hire her band, the "Bando da Lua". The impresario refused, saying that there were plenty of great musicians in New York who could back her. But Miranda remained steadfast. She felt that North American musicians would not be able to authentically create the sounds of Brazil. As a compromise, Shubert agreed to hire the six band members, but he would not pay for their transport to New York. At this point, President Vargas, realizing the propaganda value of Miranda's tour, stepped in and announced that the Brazilian government would sponsor the band by providing free tickets on the Moore-McCormack Lines between Rio and New York.
He believed that Carmen Miranda would foster greater ties between northern and southern hemispheres and serve as an Ambassadress of Brazil in the United States. This could benefit Brazil economically by increasing its share of the American coffee market. Miranda took very seriously the official sanction of her trip and her duty of representing Brazil to the outside world. Before boarding the New York-bound SS Uruguay on 4 May. 1939, she held a press conference and told her fans:
- My dear friends, in New York I'm going to show the rhythm of Brazilian music, the music of our land. I'm anxious and I feel it's a very big responsibility, but always remember me, and I will never forget you (...) I want to show what Brazil really is, and change the wrong ideas existing in the United States about our country.
American stage and films
After seeing one of her performances in Rio, theatre owner Lee Shubert signed Miranda and her band, the Bando da Lua, to a contract. In 1939, Miranda sailed from Brazil aboard the ocean liner SS Uruguay, arriving in New York on 18 May. She and the band made their first Broadway performance on 19 June 1939, in The Streets of Paris. Although her part was small (she only spoke four words), Miranda received good reviews and became a media sensation. At the same time, she participated in the The Rudy Vallee Show (1929–43), or The Royal Gelatin Hour—one of the most popular American radio shows, broadcast weekly between 8:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. from New York's Radio City Music Hall.
The world's fair was attracting throngs to the Sunken Meadow fairgrounds just outside New York City in the summer of 1939, but Carmen Miranda still managed to make Shubert's show, The Streets of Paris, a commercial success. Life magazine's reviewer noted:
- Partly because their unusual melody and heavy accented rhythms are unlike anything ever heard in a Manhattan revue before, partly because there is not a clue to their meaning except the gay rolling of Carmen Miranda's insinuating eyes, these songs, and Miranda herself, are the outstanding hit of the show.
Time Magazine dubbed her the "oomph that stops the show." New York audiences were enchanted by her exotic costume and accessories. One critic summed up her surprising appeal: "she is the biggest theatrical sensation of the year." By the end of the summer of 1939, the press lauded Miranda as "the girl who saved Broadway from the World's Fair." Her fame grew quickly, she having been formally presented to President Franklin D. Roosevelt at a White House banquet shortly after her arrival.
Her American film debut was in Down Argentine Way (1940), a musical produced by 20th Century Fox. Although the film's production and cast were based in Los Angeles, Miranda's scenes were filmed in New York City due to her obligation to perform for a club there. Fox combined the footage from both cities although Miranda has no on-screen dialogue with other cast members. The film was a great success and grossed $2 million that year in the American market.
The Shuberts brought Carmen back to Broadway, teaming her with Olsen and Johnson, Ella Logan, the Blackburn Twins, and others in the musical revue Sons o'Fun in 1 December 1941. The show was a hodgepodge of slapstick, songs, and skits. Richard Watts Jr. (New York Herald Tribune) concluded, "In her eccentric and highly personalized fashion, Miss Miranda is by way of being an artist and her numbers give the show its one touch of distinction." Her rousing showstopper was "Thank You, North American". On 1 June 1942, she left the production; her Shubert contract had expired. Meanwhile she made recordings for Decca Records, including "Chica, Chica Boom Chic," "O Tic-Tac do Meu Coração," and "Chattanooga Choo Choo."
Miranda was encouraged by the United States government as part of President Roosevelt's Good Neighbor policy, designed to strengthen links with Latin America and Europe. It was believed that in delivering content like hers, the policy would be better received by the American public. 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.
The interference was linked to the Good Neighbor policy and Roosevelt sought to forge better diplomatic relations with Brazil and other South American nations, and pledged to refrain from further military intervention, which has sometimes been done to protect U.S. business interests in industries such as mining or agriculture. Hollywood was asked to help out with the Good Neighbor Policy, and both Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox participated. Miranda was considered the goodwill ambassador and promoter of intercontinental culture.
While Miranda's popularity in the United States continued to rise, she began to lose favor with some Brazilians. On 10 July 1940, she returned to Brazil where she was welcomed by cheering fans. Soon after her arrival, however, the Brazilian press began criticizing Miranda for giving in to American commercialism and projecting a negative image of Brazil. Members of the upper class felt her image was "too black" and she was criticized in one Brazilian newspaper for "singing bad-tasting black sambas". Other Brazilians criticized her for playing up the stereotype of a "Latina bimbo" after her first interview upon arriving in the United States. In an interview with the New York World-Telegram, Miranda discussed her then limited knowledge of the English language stating, "I say money, money, money. I say twenty words in English. I say money, money, money and I say hot dog!"
On 15 July, she appeared at a charity concert organized by Brazilian First Lady Darci Vargas. The concert was attended by members of Brazil's high society. She greeted the audience in English but was met with silence. When Miranda began singing a song from one of her club acts, "The South American Way", the audience began to boo her. She attempted to finish her act but gave up and left the stage after the audience continued to boo. The incident deeply hurt Miranda and she later cried in her dressing room. The following day, the Brazilian press criticized her for being "too Americanized".
Weeks later, Miranda responded to the criticism with the Portuguese language song "Disseram que Voltei Americanizada" (or "They Say I've Come Back Americanized"). Another song, "Bananas Is My Business" was based on a line in one of her movies and directly addressed her image. She was greatly upset by the criticism and did not return to Brazil again for fourteen years.
Miranda's films came under harsh scrutiny by Latin American audiences for characterizing Central and South America in a culturally homogenous way. When her films hit theatres in Central and South America, it was strongly felt that the films depicted Latin American cultures through the lens of American preconceptions, and not as they actually were. Many Latin Americans felt their cultures were being misrepresented, and felt that someone from their own region, Carmen Miranda, was misrepresenting them. Her film, Down Argentine Way (1940), was met with heavy criticism, with pundits in Argentina claiming that it failed to depict Argentinean culture. It was alleged that lyrics throughout the movie were filled with non-Argentine themes, and that the sets were not strictly Argentinean, but rather, a fusion of cultures from Mexico, Cuba, and Brazil. The film was subsequently banned in Argentina, for "wrongfully portraying life in Buenos Aires." Similar sentiments arose in Cuba after her the debut of Miranda's film, Weekend in Havana (1941). Cuban audiences were offended by Miranda's portrayal of a Cuban female. Reviewers of the film asserted that an import from Rio could not possibly portray a woman from Havana. Further, they claimed that throughout the film Miranda does not "dance anything Cuban." Miranda's performances, it was argued, were merely hybridizations of Brazilian culture and other Latin cultures. Critics contend that other of her films likewise misrepresented Latin locales, by assuming that Brazilian culture could suffice as a direct representation of Latin America.
Upon returning to the United States, Miranda kept up her film career in Hollywood while also appearing on Broadway and performing in clubs and restaurants.
The war years saw Carmen Miranda starring in eight of her fourteen films and, although the studios labelled her the "Brazilian Bombshell", the films tended to blur her Brazilian identity in favor of a generalized Latin American image, she began appearing in its films as a featured performer.
In 1941, she shared the screen with Alice Faye and Don Ameche in That Night in Rio. Later that same year, she teamed up with Alice Faye again in Week-End in Havana. Miranda was now earning $5,000 a week. On 24 March 1941, she became one of the first Latinas to leave her hand and footprints in the sidewalk of Grauman's Chinese Theater.
In 1943, she appeared in an extravaganza from noted director Busby Berkeley called The Gang's All Here. Berkeley's musicals were known for their lavish production, and Miranda's role as Dorita featured her number "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat." An optical trick from the set behind her made the fruit-bedecked hat she was wearing appear even larger than humanly possible. By then, Miranda seemed to be locked into such roles as the exotic songstress, and her studio contract even forced her to appear at events in her trademark film costumes, which grew even more outlandish. One song she recorded, "Bananas Is My Business" seemed to pay somewhat ironic tribute to her typecasting. The following year, Miranda made a cameo appearance in Four Jills in a Jeep, a B movie, based on a true adventure of the actresses Kay Francis, Carole Landis, Martha Raye and Mitzi Mayfair.
In 1944, Miranda starred with Don Ameche, Greenwich Village, a Fox's musical with William Bendix and Vivian Blaine in supporting roles. The reception from the press about the movie attracted bad reviews, The New York Times wrote that "Technicolor is the picture's chief asset," and Peggy Simmonds, in his review for The Miami News said "Fortunately for Greenwich Village, the picture is made in Technicolor and has Carmen Miranda. Unfortunately for Carmen Miranda, the production doesn't do her justice, the overall effect is disappointing, but still she sparkles the picture whenever she appears."
In the same year, Carmen Miranda appeared in Something for the Boys, the first of his films without William Le Baron or Darryl Zanuck as a producer. In place of these, the responsible was Irving Starr, in charge of the second line of studio movies. Miranda starred in the film, alongside Michael O'Shea and Vivian Blaine. The origin of the film was a Broadway musical of the same name produced by Michael Todd, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and starring Ethel Merman.
After World War II, Carmen's films at Fox were made on black-and-white stock, reflecting Hollywood's diminishing interest in her and in the portrayal of Latin Americans in general, in keeping with the demise of the now strategically unnecessary "Good Neighbor policy". A monochrome Carmen was not what audiences expected, and it undoubtedly contributed to reducing the box-office appeal of the backstage musical, Doll Face (1945), in which she was demoted to fourth on the bill. She plays the character Chita Chula, billed in the show-within-the-film as 'the little lady from Brazil', an endlessly cheerful comic sidekick to leading lady, Doll Face played by Vivian Blaine, and she is given only one musical number and little dialogue.
In her follow-up movie for Fox, made when she was no longer under contract, If I'm Lucky (1946), Carmen was again fourth on the bill, and all the stock elements of her screen persona are firmly in evidence: heavily accented English, comic malapropisms, and bizarre hairstyles that recreate her famous turbans.
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. Her ambition was to play a genuinely leading role and to show off her comic skills, which she sets out to do in the independent production for United Artists, Copacabana (1947) alongside Groucho Marx. While the films were modest hits, film critics and the American public did not accept Miranda's new image.
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.
After Copacabana, Joe Pasternak invited Carmen to make two Technicolor musicals for the MGM studios, A Date with Judy (1948) and Nancy Goes to Rio (1950). With the first of these two productions, MGM set out to portray a different image of the star, allowing her to take off her turban and reveal her own hair, styled by the legendary coiffeur Sydney Guilaroff, and set off by make-up by the equally renowned make-up Jack Dawn. Carmen's wardrobe for the film eschewed "baiana" outfits, and instead included elegant dresses and hats designed by Helen Rose. She was clearly no longer the star attraction, however, appearing as fourth on the bill, in the role of Rosita Cochellas, a rumba teacher, who makes her first appearance on-screen some 40 minutes into the film and has little dialogue. In spite of the best efforts of MGM to introduce innovations into her star text, her roles in both productions were peripheral, and largely watered-down caricatures of her earlier screen performances in Hollywood, which relied heavily on fractured English and over-the-top musical and dance numbers.
In her last film, Scared Stiff (1953), a Paramount production in which she appears alongside Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Carmen's scopic appeal was once again diminished by back-and-white film stock. Returning full-circle to her very first Hollywood film, Down Argentine Way, Carmen had virtually no narrative function in the film. A further slight comes in the form of Jerry Lewis's parody of her, as he mimes intentionally badly to her well-known song "Mamãe Eu Quero" which is playing on a scratched record, and eats a banana that he plucks from his turban. Similarly, Carmen, in the role of Carmelita Castilha, a Brazilian showgirl on a cruise ship, gives performances that verge on the self-parodic, with the variations on the "baiana" costume taken to absurd extremes.
In April 1953, she embarked on a four-month European tour. While performing in Cincinnati in October 1953, Carmen Miranda collapsed from exhaustion. She began suffering from acute depression, and underwent electroshock therapy, and when that failed to cure her, her physician suggested a return visit to Brazil. Accompanied by her sister Aurora, she arrived in Rio de Janeiro on 3 December 1954, her first visit home in fourteen years. When she arrived, she was pleased to be greeted by her fans and commented, "My people, I'm happy! I can't say anything else. How good it is to be home." Carmen stayed four months in Brazil. Recovered, she returned to the United States on April 4, 1955.
In 1947, to achieve more creative freedom in a film she was making, Carmen decided to produce her own film. It was called Copacabana and she played opposite Groucho Marx. The budget was divided into around ten sponsors' quotas. A Texan investor, who held one of the quotas, sent his brother David Sebastian (23 November 1907 – 2 August 1990) to keep an eye on Carmen and look after his interests on the film set. His position allowed him to get close to Carmen and they started to date. On 17 March 1947, Miranda married Sebastian. In 1948 she became pregnant, but suffered a miscarriage after a show. The marriage lasted only a few months, but Carmen, who was Catholic, would not accept getting a divorce. Her sister Aurora Miranda later would state in the documentary Bananas is My Business that "he was very rude, many times even hit her. The marriage was a burden in her life; he only married her for her money. He did not like our family". In September 1949, the couple announced their separation, but they later reconciled.
Before leaving for the United States and before meeting her husband, Carmen had a relationship with the young Mario Cunha and bon vivant Carlos da Rocha Faria, son of a traditional family of Rio de Janeiro, and also the musician Aloysio de Oliveira, one of the "Bando da Lua" members. In the US, she maintained relationships with the Mexican Arturo de Córdova, Dana Andrews, Harold Young and John Wayne, and the Brazilian Carlos Niemeyer.
On 4 August 1955, Miranda was shooting a segment for the filmed NBC variety series The Jimmy Durante Show. According to Durante, Miranda had complained of feeling unwell before filming. Durante offered to get Miranda a replacement but she declined. After completing a song and dance number, "Jackson, Miranda, and Gomez", with Durante, she fell to one knee. Durante later said of the incident, "I thought she had slipped. She got up and said she was outa [sic] breath. I tells her I'll take her lines. But she goes ahead with 'em. We finished work about 11 o'clock and she seemed happy." At around 4 a.m. the following day, Miranda suffered a fatal heart attack at her home in Beverly Hills.
The Jimmy Durante Show episode in which Miranda appeared was aired two months after her death, on 15 October 1955. A clip of the episode was also included in the A&E Network's Biography episode about Miranda.
Funeral and burial
In accordance with her wishes, Miranda's body was flown back to Rio de Janeiro where the Brazilian government declared a period of national mourning. A crowd of about 60,000 people attended her mourning ceremony at the Rio town hall, and more than half a million Brazilians escorted the funeral cortège to her resting place.
She is buried in São João Batista Cemetery in Rio de Janeiro. In 1956, all her belongings were donated by her husband and family for the creation of Carmen Miranda Museum, which opened its doors in Rio on 5 August 1976.
Miranda's Hollywood image was one of a generic Latinness that blurred the distinctions between Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, and Mexico as well as between samba, tango and habanera. It was carefully stylized and outlandishly flamboyant. She was often shown wearing platform sandals and towering headdresses made of fruit, becoming famous as "the lady in the tutti-frutti hat." Miranda's enormous, fruit-laden hats are iconic visuals recognized around the world. These costumes led to Saks Fifth Avenue developing a line of turbans and jewelry inspired by Carmen Miranda in 1939. Many costume jewelry designers made fruit jewelry also inspired by Carmen Miranda which is still highly valued and collectible by vintage and antique costume jewelry collectors. Fruit jewelry is still popular in jewelry design today. Much of the fruit jewelry seen today is often still called "Carmen Miranda jewelry" because of this.
The striking figure of Carmen Miranda is today continually revisited. Prada (Alexandre Herchcovitch), Salinas and Rosa Chá are some of those who were inspired by the artist to create their collections. Miranda was even theme of São Paulo Fashion Week in January 2009 and a short film called "Tutti Frutti " from the German photographer Ellen von Unwerth, she is today a source of endless inspiration.
The "Carmen Miranda Administração e Licenciamentos" is the an company in charge of protecting and managing Carmen Miranda’s artistic estate. Her comprehensive image, name, voice, and performances are protected by copyright under Brazilian Law nº 9,610, of 19 February 1998, in force since 21 June of the same year. Carmen Miranda is an trademark registered at the Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI) and its use is prohibited without prior authorization.
The Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso, who is largely responsible for resurrecting Carmen Miranda as a Brazilian icon during the 1960s, has this to say about her legacy in an article for the New York Times: "For generations of musicians who were adolescents in the second half of the 1950s and became adults at the height of the Brazilian military dictatorship and the international wave of counterculture-my generation-Carmen Miranda was first a cause of both pride and shame, and later, a symbol that inspired the merciless gaze we began to cast upon ourselves, Carmen conquered 'white' America as no other South American has done or ever would, in an era when it was enough to be 'recognizable Latin and Negroid' in style and aesthetics to attract attention." For Veloso and other musicians contemplating a career abroad, Miranda's pioneering experiences continue to loom as a point of reference. Miranda helped establish and transform the relationship between Brazilian musicians and American producers that now has created several remarkable transnational collaborations. In Veloso's words: "To think of her is to think about the complexity of this relationship".
When Carmen Miranda died in 1955, her popularity abroad was greater than in Brazil. Nonetheless, her contributions to the music and culture of Brazil should not be overlooked. Although she was accused of peddling Brazilian music and dance in a highly commercialized format, Carmen Miranda can be credited with bringing Brazil's national music, the samba, to a worldwide audience. In addition, she introduced the image of the baiana with wide skirts and turbaned headdress as the "showgirl" of Brazil at home and abroad. The baiana costume was adopted as the central feature of Carnival for women and, especially, for men, who famously dress up in elaborate Carmen Miranda style and parade through the streets of Brazil's cities during Carnival.
Even after her death, Carmen Miranda is remembered for being perhaps the most important Brazilian artistic personality of all time and one of the most influential in Hollywood. She is listed by the American Film Institute as one of the "500 great legends of Cinema".
On 25 September 1998, a city square in Hollywood was named Carmen Miranda Square in a ceremony headed by longtime honorary mayor of Hollywood, Johnny Grant, who was also one of the singer's friends dating back to World War II. Brazil's Consul General Jorió Gama was on hand for opening remarks, as were members of Bando da Lua, Carmen Miranda's original band. Carmen Miranda Square is only one of about a dozen Los Angeles city intersections named for historic performers. The square is located at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Drive across from Grauman's Chinese Theater. The location is especially noteworthy not only since Carmen Miranda's footprints are preserved in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, but in remembrance of an impromptu performance at a nearby Hollywood Boulevard intersection on V-J Day.
A museum dedicated to Carmen Miranda is located in Rio de Janeiro 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.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the great star's death, many events were held in Brazil, including an exhibition, "Carmen Miranda Forever", that was initially mounted at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro in November 2005 and traveled to a number of Brazilian cities in 2006. and Ruy Castro, one of the city's best-known writers, has just published a 600-page biography of "the most famous Brazilian woman of the 20th century." Brazilians "tend to forget," Castro told Margolis in Newsweek International, that "no Brazilian woman has ever been as popular as Carmen Miranda – in Brazil or anywhere."
In 2009, the recording of "O que é que a baiana tem?" by Dorival Caymmi, sung by Miranda in 1939, was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress. The recording helped to introduce both the samba rhythm and Carmen Miranda to American audiences. It was also the first recording of a song by Caymmi, who went on to become a major composer and performer.
In 2011, along with Selena, Celia Cruz, Carlos Gardel and Tito Puente, Carmen Miranda was immortalized by the U.S. Postal Service in the series of Postage stamp: Latin Music Legends (Forever). The stamps were painted by artist Rafael Lopez. "From this day forward, these colorful, vibrant images of our Latin music legends will travel on letters and packages to every single household in America. In this small way, we have created a lasting tribute to five extraordinary performers, and we are proud and honored to share their legacy with Americans everywhere through these beautiful stamps", said Marie Therese Dominguez, vice president of Government Relations and Public Policy for the U.S. Postal Service.
In 2014, Down Argentine Way and The Gang's All Here were deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
In popular culture
- Helena Solberg made a documentary of Miranda's life entitled Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business, in 1995.
- Brazilian author Ruy Castro wrote a biography of Carmen Miranda entitled Carmen, published in 2005 in Brazil. This book has yet to appear in English.
- In 2007, the BBC Four produced "Carmen Miranda – Beneath the Tutti Frutti Hat", a one-hour documentary on Carmen Miranda, that includes interviews with her biographer Ruy Castro, her niece Carminha and Mickey Rooney, among others.
- In 2013, the book Carmen Miranda written by Lisa Shaw, was released by publisher Palgrave Macmillan. It is the first book-length study of Carmen Miranda in English.
- Gal Costa appeared in the 1995 film The Mandarin (O Mandarim) as Carmen Miranda.
- In the movie Gangster Squad, released in January 2013, Miranda is portrayed by Yvette Tucker performing in Slapsy Maxie's nightclub.
- In The House Across the Bay (1940) an independent feature, produced by Walter Wanger and released by United Artists, Joan Bennett performing a Carmen Miranda-like musical number called "Chula Chihuahua."
- Mickey Rooney was one of the first to imitate Carmen Miranda, in the 1941 film Babes on Broadway.
- In 1943, Daffy Duck is characterized as Carmen Miranda in a scene from the cartoon Yankee Doodle Daffy produced by Warner Bros.
- In the 1943 Tom and Jerry cartoon Baby Puss, the cat Topsy is characterized as Carmen Miranda while singing and dancing to music Mamãe Eu Quero.
- In the 1944 British motion picture Fiddlers Three, its star, comedian Tommy Trinder, performs one musical number as "Senorita Alvarez", an imitation of Carmen Miranda.
- Jo Ann Marlowe appears in the film Mildred Pierce singing South American Way like Carmen Miranda, in Down Argentine Way.
- Animator Virgil Ross used Miranda's image in his short Slick Hare, (1947) featuring Bugs Bunny, who escapes from Elmer Fudd by hiding in the fruit hat. Bugs himself mimics Miranda briefly in What's Cookin' Doc? Tex Avery also used it in his MGM short Magical Maestro when an opera singer is temporarily changed into the persona, fruit hat and all, via a magician's wand.
- Bob Hope appears characterized as Carmen Miranda while interpreting the song "Batuque do Morro" in a scene in the movie Road to Rio, produced by Paramount Pictures in 1947.
- Milton Berle appears dressed as Carmen Miranda in the movie Always Leave Them Laughing, 1949.
- In the Season 1 episode of I Love Lucy entitled "Be a Pal", Lucille Ball does an imitation of Miranda in the episode in which she lip-syncs to a record of Carmen Miranda singing "Mamãe Eu Quero".
- Carol Channing and some female Whatnots sing I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much) as part of a medley which also includes Jeepers Creepers and Them There Eyes in episode 423 of The Muppet Show. Rita Moreno sings the same song in The Muppets Go Hollywood, backed by the Mutations.
- The actress Carol Burnett is dressed like Carmen Miranda in an episode of the comedy The Carol Burnett Show in 1972.
- Fruta Manzana is an animated spoof of Carmen Miranda who appeared in two segments, created by Don Duga and Irra Verbitsky, for Sesame Street.
- In the film Radio Days 1987, the Brazilian actress Denise Dumont participates in singing the song "Tico-Tico no Fubá". In another scene, Ruthie personifies Carmen Miranda in front of the mirror as she dances and lip-syncs to the song "South American Way".
- Dressed as Carmen Miranda, Fernanda Lima presented the TV show Amor & Sexo, in 13 November 2014, the song tone "Tico-Tico no fubá".
Covers of Carmen Miranda songs
Miranda's songs "Disseram que Voltei Americanizada", "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)", "South American Way" and "Tico-Tico no Fubá" have each been covered many times, often in tribute to her; see those songs' articles for information on other recordings.
- Brazilian singer Ney Matogrosso's album Batuque, brings the period and several of Miranda's early hits back to life in faithful style.
- In 1968, Maria Bethânia recorded a cover version of the song "Camisa Listrada" for his album Recital na Boite Barroco.
- Gal Costa, recorded in 1975 the Marching of Carnival "O Balancê" of João de Barro and Alberto Ribeiro. Recorded by Carmen Miranda in 1936.
- In 1973, the Brazilian singer Clara Nunes recorded the song "Ao voltar do samba" of Synval Silva and recorded by Miranda in 1934.
- In 1989, Tom Jobim recorded the samba "Na Batucada da Vida" of Ary Barroso and Luiz Peixoto and recorded by Miranda in 1934.
- In 1995, the American singer Dionne Warwick recorded a cover version of the song "Na Baixa do Sapateiro" of Ary Barroso and recorded by Miranda in 1938.
- In 1996, Chico Buarque and Maria Bethânia recorded a cover version of the song "Quando Eu Penso na Bahia" of Ary Barroso and Luiz Peixoto and recorded by Carmen Miranda in 1937.
- Pink Martini recorded "Tempo perdido" for their 2007 album Hey Eugene!.
- Eduardo Dusek recorded a cover version of the song "Tá-Hi (Pra Você Gostar de mim)", written by Joubert de Carvalho and recorded by Miranda in 1930. The song was part of the soundtrack of the telenovela Chocolate com Pimenta in 2003.
- In 2003, singer Ivete Sangalo recorded a cover version of the song "Chica Chica Boom Chic" for the DVD MTV ao Vivo.
- In honour of Carmen Miranda's centenary, Daniela Mercury recorded a "duet" with her in the cover of "O Que É Que A Baiana Tem?", which includes the original 1939 phonogram.
Other musical references
- In the early 1970s, the novelty act Daddy Dewdrop had a top 10 hit single in the US titled "Chick-A-Boom," one of Miranda's trademark song phrases, although the resemblance ended there.
- 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."
- On one of Caetano Veloso's most popular songs, "Tropicalia", he sings "Viva a banda da da da ... Carmen Miranda da da da" as the final lyrics of the song.
- Singer Leslie Fish wrote a song called "Carmen Miranda's Ghost Is Haunting Space Station Three", in which a space station is inundated with fresh fruit. A science fiction anthology later had the same title.
- John Cale included the song "The Soul of Carmen Miranda" on his album Words for the Dying.
- The United Fruit Company did not hesitate to take advantage of the Carmen Miranda craze. The company created a banana-woman cartoon character named Chiquita whose "tutti-frutti" hat unmistakably conjured Carmen Miranda.
- In Episode 10, Cycle 12 of America's Next Top Model the models embodied Brazilian icon Carmen Miranda in a photoshoot.
- In the TV show Modern Family Cameron dresses his two-year-old daughter Lily as Carmen Miranda for a photoshoot.
|1933||A Voz do Carnaval||Herself at Rádio Mayrink Veiga|
|1935||Alô, Alô, Brasil|
|1936||Hello, Hello, Carnival!|
|1939||Banana da Terra|
|1940||Down Argentine Way||Herself|
|1941||That Night in Rio||Carmen|
|1941||Week-End in Havana||Rosita Rivas|
|1941||Meet the Stars #5: Hollywood Meets the Navy||Herself||Short subject|
|1942||Springtime in the Rockies||Rosita Murphy|
|1943||The Gang's All Here||Dorita||Alternative title: The Girls He Left Behind|
|1944||Greenwich Village||Princess Querida|
|1944||Something for the Boys||Chiquita Hart|
|1944||Four Jills in a Jeep||Herself|
|1945||The All-Star Bond Rally||Herself (Pinup girl)|
|1945||Doll Face||Chita Chula||Alternative title: Come Back to Me|
|1946||If I'm Lucky||Michelle O'Toole|
|1947||Copacabana||Carmen Novarro/Mademoiselle Fifi|
|1948||A Date with Judy||Rosita Cochellas|
|1949||The Ed Wynn Show||Herself||Episode #1.2|
|1949 to 1952||Texaco Star Theater||Herself||4 episodes|
|1950||Nancy Goes to Rio||Marina Rodrigues|
|1951||Don McNeill's TV Club||Herself||Episode #1.25|
|1951||What's My Line?||Mystery Guest||18 November 1951 episode|
|1951 to 1952||The Colgate Comedy Hour||Herself||3 episodes|
|1951 to 1953||All-Star Revue||Herself||2 episodes|
|1953||Scared Stiff||Carmelita Castinha|
|1953||Toast of the Town||Herself||Episode #7.1|
|1955||The Jimmy Durante Show||Herself||Episode #2.2|
|1995||Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business||Herself||Archive footage|
- "Entre Outras Coisas"
- "Esqueci de Sorrir"
- "Foi Numa Noite Assim"
- "Fogueira Do Meu Coração"
- "Fruto Proibido"
- "Cor de Guiné"
- "Casaco de Tricô"
- "Dia de Natal"
- "Fala, Meu Pandeiro"
- "Deixa Esse Povo Falar"
- "Sonho de Papel" (recorded with Orchestra Odeon on 10 May 1935)
- "E Bateu-Se a Chapa" (recorded with Regional de Benedito Lacerda on 26 June 1935)
- "O Tique-Taque do Meu Coração" (recorded with Regional de Benedito Lacerda on 7 August 1935)
- "Adeus, Batucada" (recorded with Odeon Orchestra on 24 September 1935)
- "Querido Adão" (recorded with Orchestra Odeon on 26 September 1935)
- "Alô, Alô, Carnaval"
- "Dou-lhe Uma"
- "Capelinha do Coração"
- "Cuíca, Pandeiro, Tamborim ..."
- "Beijo Bamba"
- "Entra no cordão"
- "Como Eu Chorei"
- "As Cantoras do Rádio" (recorded with Aurora Miranda and Orchestra Odeon on 18 March 1936)
- "No Tabuleiro da Baiana" (recorded with Louis Barbosa and Regional Luperce Miranda on 29 September 1936)
- "Como Vai Você?" (recorded with Ary Barroso and Regional Luperce Pixinguinha and Miranda on 2 October 1936)
- "Dance Rumba"
- "Em Tudo, Menos em Ti"
- "Canjiquinha Quente"
- "Cabaret No Morro"
- "Baiana Do Tabuleiro"
- "Dona Geisha"
- "Cachorro Vira-Lata" (recorded with Regional de Benedito Lacerda on 4 May 1937)
- "Me Dá, Me Dá" (recorded with Regional de Benedito Lacerda on 4 May 1937)
- "Camisa Amarela" (recorded with the Odeon Group on 20 September 1937)
- "Eu Dei" (recorded with Regional Odeon on 21 September 1937)
- "Endereço Errado"
- "Escrevi um Bilhetinho"
- "Batalhão do amor"
- "E a Festa, Maria?"
- "Cuidado Com a Gaita do Ary"
- "A Pensão Da Dona Stella"
- "A Vizinha Das Vantagens"
- "Samba Rasgado" (recorded with Odeon Group on 7 March 1938)
- "E o Mundo Não Se Acabou" ("And the World Would Not End") (recorded with Regional Odeon on 9 March 1938)
- "Boneca de Piche" (recorded with Admiral and Odeon Orchestra on 31 August 1938)
- "Na Baixa do Sapateiro" (recorded with Orchestra Odeon on 17 October 1938)
- "A Preta Do Acarajé"
- "Deixa Comigo"
- "Amor Ideal"
- "Essa Cabrocha"
- "A Nossa Vida Hoje É Diferente"
- "Cozinheira Grã-fina"
- "O Que É Que a Bahiana Tem?" (recorded with Dorival Caymmi and Regional Assembly on 27 February 1939)
- "Uva de Caminhão" (recorded with Joint Odeon on 21 March 1939)
- "Camisa Listada" (recorded with Bando da Lua on 28 August 1939)
- "Voltei pro Morro" (recorded with Joint Odeon on 2 September 1940)
- "Ela Diz Que Tem"
- "Disso É Que Eu Gosto"
- "Disseram que Voltei Americanizada" (recorded with Odeon Set on 2 September 1940)
- "Bruxinha de Pano"
- "O Dengo Que a Nêga Tem"
- "É Um Quê Que a Gente Tem"
- "Recenseamento" (recorded with Joint Odeon on 27 September 1940)
- "South American Way" (recorded with Bando da Lua and boy on 26 December 1939)
- "Touradas Em Madrid"
- "Marchinha do grande galo"
- "Mamãe Eu Quero"
- "Bambú, Bambú"
- "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)" (recorded with Bando da Lua on 5 January 1941)
- "Alô Alô"
- "Chica-Chica-Bum-Chic" (recorded with Bando da Lua on 5 January 1941)
- "Cai, Cai" (record with Bando da Lua on 5 January 1941)
- "Arca de Noé"
- "A Weekend In Havana"
- "Diz Que Tem..."
- "When I Love I Love"
- "Rebola, Bola" (recorded with the Bando da Lua on 9 October 1941)
- "The Man With the Lollipop Song"
- "Não Te Dou A Chupeta"
- "Thank You, North America"
- "Chattanooga Choo Choo" (recorded with Bando da Lua and boy on 25 July 1942)
- "Tic-tac do Meu Coração"
- "O Passo Do Kanguru (Brazilly Willy)"
- "Boncea de Pixe"
- "Upa! Upa!"
- "Tico Tico"
- "The Matador (Touradas Em Madrid)" (recorded with The Andrews Sisters and Vic Schoen & his orchestra)
- "Cuanto La Gusta" (recorded with The Andrews Sisters and Vic Schoen & his orchestra)
- "Asi Asi (I See, I See)" (recorded with The Andrews Sisters and Vic Schoen & his orchestra)
- "The Wedding Samba" (recorded with The Andrews Sisters and Vic Schoen & his orchestra)
- "Baião Ca Room' Pa Pa" (recorded with The Andrews Sisters and Vic Schoen & his orchestra)
- "Ipse-A-I-O" (recorded with The Andrews Sisters and Vic Schoen & his orchestra)
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