Carmen Miranda

Carmen Miranda


9/9/1909, Lisbon, Portugal



Birth Name

Maria do Carmo Miranda Da Cunha



Also Known As

The Brazilian Bombshell
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Known for her fruit filled basket hat and magnificent voice, Carmen Miranda was born Maria do Carmo Miranda Da Cunha in Lisbon, Portugal on September 9, 1909. Not long after she was born her family moved to Rio De Janeiro Brazil, where her father soon found work in…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Carmen was considered an innovator of samba, a Brazilian genre of music, and as of 1936, became that country's highest paid performer of it, signing a million-dollar contract with Radio Tupi of Brazil that year.

    • Carmen's Brazilian films:

      O Carnaval Cantado No Rio (1932)
      A Voz Do Carnaval (1933)
      Alo, Alo Brasil! (1935)
      Estudantes (1935)
      Alo, Alo Carnaval (1936)
      Banana De Terra (1939)

    • Carmen appeared in 3 films with Betty Grable, including:

      Down Argentine Way (1940)
      Springtime In The Rockies (1942)
      Four Jills In A Jeep (1944)

    • Carmen had a yellow mark on her left eye and preferred to be photographed on that side, that way the mark did not appear on film.

    • Carmen's film Down Argentine Way (1940) was forbidden in Argentina due to it's portrayal of the country in a ridiculous light.

    • Carmen appeared in her first film in Brazil in 1932, O Carnaval Cantado no Rio.

    • Carmen wore platform shoes to make her appear taller than she actually was.

    • Carmen's footprints are preserved in concrete in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.

    • Carmen is the subject of two museums, one in one in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and the other in Canvasses, Portugal, both dedicated to her career in movies and music.

    • Carmen had a city square in Hollywood named after her, on September 25, 1998.

    • Carmen was the highest-paid woman in the United States in 1945, earning $200,000, according to the IRS.

    • Carmen's song, "I-Yi-Yi-Yi-Yi (Like You Very Much)" was used in the final episode of The Prisoner.

    • Carmen appeared in the Bugs Bunny cartoon Slick Hare (1947), in which Bugs hides from Elmer Fudd in Carmen's famed fruit hat.

    • Carmen was given her stage name by her father, who was an opera fan and of Bizet's opera "Carmen" in particular.

    • Carmen's nickname was "The Brazilian Bombshell."

    • Carmen has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6230 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Carmen was 5 feet tall.

  • Quotes

    • Carmen Miranda: I say 20 words in English. I say money, money, money, and I say hot dog! I say yes, no and I say money, money, money and I say turkey sandwich and I say grape juice.

    • Carmen Miranda: I have a huge disdain for those artists who say that they don't need a prize to have their talent recognized. If I were a real actress (I'm only an entertainer) I'd do my best to win an Oscar knowing that the Academy is a serious institution of people who really understand about it.

    • Carmen Miranda: More affectionate than a kiss is a well done hug in someone that you love. Have you ever notice how I can give delicious hugs?

    • Carmen Miranda: Look at me and tell me if I don't have Brazil in every curve of my body.

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