"I make my money with bananas."
Make your next event sizzle with the color and rhythms of Latin America's Brazilian Bombshell the Electrifying Carmen Miranda
Carmen Miranda (February 9, 1909 - August 5, 1955), born as Carmem Miranda de Cunha. She was born in Portugal and died in Hollywood.
Miranda reached her peak point of fame in the early 1940's. The expression the Brazilian Bombshell captured her true spirit and the heart of her Latin culture. Miranda's first Hollywood debut was Down Argentine Way where she had the chance to work with Betty Grable. Her last Hollywood movie was in 1953 in Scared Stiff with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.
Miranda was born in the small northern Portuguese town of Marco do Cananeses and went to school at the Covenant of Saint Teresinha. Her very Catholic parents did not approve of her dreams of pursuing show business, so she hid it from them best she could. In her spare time, she often sang at parties and festivals around the town where she was discovered and received the chance to perform on a local radio station. She was noted as a musical innovator in Brazil, one of the first samba superstars. However, her roles in US movies featured her as a stylized comic "South American" singer and she was often shown wearing towering headdresses made of fruit, becoming known as "the lady in the tutti-frutti hat". This image was much satirized and taken up as camp and is a popular turn for female impersonation and drag performance.
She was well aware of the tensions in her career. Her song "Bananas is my business" was based on a line in one her movies and directly addressed her image. A sour welcome back to Brazil in 1940 resulted in a response in Portuguese in a song called "Disseram que eu voltei americanizada", or "They say I've become Americanized". Helena Solberg made a documentary of her life, Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business (1996).
Energetic & Exciting
Heat up the festivities
with songs such as:
The Lady With the Tuti Fruiti Hat,
I Make My Money with Banana's,
I, Yi, Yi Yi Yi
The South American Way
Caramba It's the Samba
When I Love, I Love
Hot, Hot, Hot
Jump In the Line
Week End in Havana
I'm Cooking with Glass
... and More
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