Tribute to Carmen Miranda’s centennial. All proceeds go to the Carmen Miranda Museum in Rio De Janerio Brazil.
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)
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.
Between 1929 and 1940 Carmen recorded 281 songs. That was a remarkable
achievement for a female singer at a time means of communication were
few. If the Guinness Records book was available at that time, Carmen
would have been included in it.
Her greatest achievement happened at the
very beginning of her career, as in 1930 the song “Taí” sold over 35,000 copies— beating her most famous Brazilian peers, as their greatest
achievement was to sell 1,000 copies a year of their records. Again, Carmen would have been included in the Guinness book for that figure too,
which means 35 times as much over the others!
In America, Carmen was given The Brazilian Bombshell nickname as you know. While still working in Brazil, she was known as “The Remarkable Little Girl” and “The Empress of Samba”. Needless to explain why… ;)