Carmen Miranda Performs "Chica Chica Boom Chic"

Born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha on February 9, 1909 in Marco de Canaveses, Portugal, Carmen Miranda was a samba singer, dancer, Broadway performer, and film and television star of the 1930's through the 1950's. She was nicknamed "The Brazilian Bombshell" and known for her flamboyant personality, signature hats, and platform shoes.

Miranda's family emigrated to Brazil when Miranda was a baby. She recorded her first single in 1929 and would soon become the highest paid recording artist in Brazil at the time.

Miranda's first US contract was with Broadway producer Lee Shubert in 1939 to perform in "The Streets of Paris." Miranda made fourteen Hollywood films between the 1930's and 1950's.

Carmen Miranda died of a heart attack at age 46 on August 5, 1955.

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