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A little Carmen Miranda to make you smile!


Carmen Miranda was a beautiful performer with a million dollar smile.

The latin beats are always wonderful, just like our heartbeats.  The music is timeless and cheerful.

Short bio from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Miranda

Carmen Miranda

Miranda in the 1943 film The Gang’s All Here
Born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha
9 February 1909
Marco de Canaveses, Portugal
Died 5 August 1955 (aged 46)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Cemitério São João Batista
Other names The Brazilian Bombshell
The Chiquita Banana Girl
Education Convent of Saint Therese of Lisieux
Occupation Singer, dancer, actress
Years active 1928–1955
Spouse(s) ‹See Tfd›

David Alfred Sebastian (m. 1947 – 1955)

Carmen Miranda, GCIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaɾmẽȷ̃ miˈɾɐ̃dɐ], 9 February 1909 – 5 August 1955) was a Portuguese-born Brazilian[1][2] samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress, and film star who was popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

After establishing a successful singing and acting career in her native Brazil, Lee Shubert signed Miranda and her band to a contract in 1939. She made her American stage debut in July 1939, and later moved to Hollywood to pursue a film career.[3] Nicknamed “The Brazilian Bombshell”,[4] Miranda is noted for her signature fruit hat outfit she wore in the 1943 movie The Gang’s All Here. By 1945, she was the highest paid woman in the United States.

Miranda made a total of fourteen Hollywood films between 1940 and 1953. Though hailed as a talented performer, her popularity waned by the end of World War II. She later grew to resent the stereotypical “Brazilian Bombshell” image she cultivated and attempted to break free of it with limited success.

On 4 August 1955, Miranda unknowingly suffered a mild heart attack while performing during the taping of an episode of The Jimmy Durante Show. She finished the show but died the following morning after suffering a second heart attack.

I have had this song in my head, and wanted to share!

Lucille Ball imitating Carmen Miranda.  If you were on the Lucille Ball show, or mentioned, it was as good as being on Oprah’s show in recent times.


O meu ganzá faz chica chica boom chic
P’rá eu cantar o “Chica Chica Boom Chic”
Com a canção do “Chica Chica Boom Chic”
Meu coração faz chica chica boom chic

E vem a saudade da Bahia
Onde o samba tem, canjerê também
Numa batucada
Boom chic boom boom boom boom

É brasileiro o chica chica boom chic
Com um pandeiro fazendo o chica boom chic
{ From: http://www.elyrics.net }
E para terminar chica chica boom chic
Vocês devem cantar o “Chica Chica Boom Chic”
Boom chic boom boom boom boom
You don’t make sense the “Chica Chica Boom Chic”
But it’s meant to chica chica boom chic
That’s all you’ve got to say
Chica chica boom chica chica boom chica chica boom


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  1. babfari
    January 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Love it!

  2. January 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Fun thanks

  3. January 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    A little bit before my time she nonetheless seemed rather ahead of her own..

  4. January 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Awesome. Thank you Sally.
    (e)STJEPAN EA Leaders

  5. January 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Plussed, liked and shared – great article, thanks Sally!

  6. January 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Awesome, thanks!

  7. Catherine White Photography
    January 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Gorgeous Sally.

  8. January 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Grazie Sally sei grande.

  9. January 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Watched the video. Makes me wish I was born closer to 1909! She’s gorgeous and you’re right!.. She does have an amazing smile!

  10. kevinimills
    January 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you

  11. Kathleen Gick
    January 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I can remember watching Carmen Miranda movies on TV as a child. Loved the hat and couldn’t figure out how she kept it on!

  12. January 14, 2013 at 5:04 am

    I had a Carment Miranda coloring book…..I loved her Thanks for the memories. This was fun ((GR8LISTENER is your fan))

    • January 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Wow, I never saw a Carmen Miranda coloring book!

  13. January 14, 2013 at 5:15 am

    She really put Latin American women on the map – too bad she died at such a young age 😦

  14. January 17, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Carmen Miranda did so much to put Brazil and its women front and center on the world stage … unfortunately, for decades after her death people still figured we all walked around with bananas on our heads. BTW, the Lucille Ball piece is fabulous! I had never seen it before. Thanks, Sally!

    • January 18, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Thank you Sharon. Do you have a Brazilian background? One of my best friends lives in Brazil.

  15. January 26, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Ah! I loved it. They both put a smile on my face. Good choice for this post, Sally.

  1. January 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm

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