Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Birthday: Carmen Miranda!

Carmen Miranda, (9 February 1909 – 5 August 1955), was a Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer, Broadway actress and Hollywood film star popular in the 1940s and 1950s. She was, best known for her signature fruit hat outfit she wore in the movie, The Gang's All Here(1943). A Musical, starring Alice Faye, James Ellison, and Carmen Miranda, in a story about a soldier and a nightclub singer. The film, directed and choreographed by Busby Berkeley.

Musical highlights include: Carmen Miranda performing a fun version of "You Discover You're in New York". The film is also best known for "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat", because of its sexual innuendo, it was prevented from being shown in Portugal. Even in the US the censors made the chorus girls hold the bananas at their waist and not at the hip.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Color (James Basevi, Joseph C. Wright, Thomas Little).

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