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Wednesday’s Wise Woman … Carmen Miranda

March 27, 2012

I apologise for this rather impersonal blog about Carmen Miranda … it was my hope to visit the Museum before the post, but events have a habit of changing and this is made more difficult when internet connection is so unreliable. I can remember watching old black and white films in the 1960s staring Carmen Miranda; a Portuguese Brazilian super -star, born in Portugal in 1909.  She moved with her family to Brazil soon after she was born. While being a a hat maker, she able to create the traditional hats worn by the black women fruit sellers that became her trade mark. She began singing successfully in clubs and on the Brazilian radio and was soon discovered by a theatrical producer and offered a slot on Broadway.  Keen to maintain her Brazilian image Carmen insisted that her backing band came with her.  The Brazilian government wishing to to promote Brazil supported her request. She became highly successful but unfortunately the centre of a diplomatic trap; considered by the Brazilians as Americanised and by the Americans as a ‘fruit dancer and showpiece of the transcontinental friendship.  

She married film producer David Sebastian it was an unhappy relationship, he was abusive opportunist only after her money. Carmen, a devote Catholic did not consider divorce an option.  Instead, working harder and taking drugs, smoking and drinking which of course lead to her premature death in 1955. I am fascinated by Carmen Miranda and look forward to seeing the Museum here in Rio dedicated to her in the next few days and learning more about short passionate life. When I can post some more intimate information.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bekky permalink
    April 24, 2012 8:57 am

    I enjoyed your post about Carmen Miranda, who I didn’t know a great deal about, other than the singing and the hats. I do remember one of her songs though, ‘I, I, I, I like you verry much’, which as a child i loved! My own little girl (2 and a half) loves this song, and with the benefit of YouTube has been able to watch clips of Carmen Miranda singing it. She sings along and it makes me smile to hear her little voice singing ‘I, I, I, I’ as she copies the dancing.

    • April 24, 2012 10:05 am

      Having seen her this morning I think she is a reincarnation she should wear the hats to match her little jacket thanks for your kind comments

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