Carmen Miranda (Marco de Canaveses9 February 1909 – Beverly Hills5 August 1955) was a Brazilian singer and actress. She was born in Portugal Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha, but moved to Brazil.

Miranda was in Brazil known for her innovative technique, making them one of the first was samba superstars. Her roles in American films, however, painted her as a comic "South American" singer and she was often depicted with a high, made with fruit headpiece. She was therefore also known as "the lady in the Tutti-Frutti hat". This image has since become often used in cartoons. Her song Bananas is my business was based on a line from one of her movies, and hit directly on her image. In the United States she made with her ' fruity ' appearance had such an impact that they got The nickname "The Brazilian Bombshell".

After a return to Brazil in 1940 sour she released a song in Portuguese"Disseram que voltei americanizada eu" or "they say that I as an American came back". She went back to America, and only came 14 years later back to Brazil for a short break.

After many health problems, both mental and physical, she died at home of a heart attack on August 5, 1955, after being during the recordings for a TV program the day before already not good had become. She was buried in Rio de Janeiro. Where a small museum is located also dedicated to her.


  • The Voice of the Carnival (1933)
  • Hello, Hello, Brazil (1935)
  • Students (1935)
  • Hello, Hello, Carnival (1936)
  • Bananas of the Country (1939)
  • Orange or China (1940)
  • Down Argentine Way (1940)
  • That Night in Rio (1941)
  • Meet the Stars: Hollywood Meets the Navy (short film, 1941)
  • Week-End in Havana (1941)
  • Springtime in the Rockies (1942)
  • The gang's All Here (1943)
  • Four Jills in a Jeep (1944)
  • Greenwich Village (1944)
  • Something for the Boys (1944)
  • Doll Face (1945)
  • The All-star Bond Rally (short film, 1945)
  • If I'm Lucky (1946)
  • Copacabana (1947)
  • A Date with Judy (1948)
  • Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)
  • Scared Stiff (1953)

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