Carmen Miranda

Carmen Miranda
Carmen Miranda was born in Portugal, but she became a successful actress in Brazil. In the 1930s, she was worked as a singer and actress in Brazil. The following decade, she was in the Hollywood film Down Argentine Way. She was known as the “Brazilian Bombshell,” an archetype she tried to distance herself from later in her career. Though she did not succeed, Miranda had made her mark on Hollywood. She was the first star from Latin America to have her hands and feet at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and the first South American to be awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Jimmy Buffett even had a song called They Don’t Dance Like Carmen No More inspired by the actress.
Notable film: Copacabana

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"Carmen Miranda 1941" by New York Sunday News - eBay photo. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
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