Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha, 9 February 1909, near Lisbon, Portugal, d. 5 August 1955, California, USA. A flamboyant singer, dancer and actress with an animated style and a penchant for exotic, colourful costumes, 10 inch-heeled shoes, and turbans decorated with significant amounts of artificial fruit. She was raised in Rio de Janeiro and began her career there on local radio. Later she made several films and appeared in nightclubs and theatres throughout South America. Lee Shubert, the oldest of the famous trio of producer brothers, took Miranda to the USA in 1939 where she introduced Al Dubin and Jimmy McHughs catchy South American Way in the Broadway musical The Streets Of Paris. She sang it again (her peculiar accent turned it into Souse American Way) when she made her spectacular film debut with Betty Grable and Don Ameche in Down Argentine Way (1940). A year later she joined the comedy team of Olsen and Jolsen in another...
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