Monday, February 9, 2009

Let's samba . . .

A centennial birthday salute to Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha (February 9, 1909 – August 5, 1955), better known by the stage name Carmen Miranda, samba singer and actress.

She was known as the "Brazilian Bombshell"; however she was actually born in Portugal and as a child her family moved to Rio de Janeiro.

Carmen Miranda was one of the highest-paid entertainers in the United States for many years in 1940s. In 1945 she became the highest-paid woman in America (USA).

Carmen Miranda was, also, a talented sketch artist and costume designer.   She was  very active in charitable work, seeing to it that a generous percentage of her earnings were sent to the destitute in South America.  Happy Birthday Carmen!

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