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samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress, and film star who was popular from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Miranda became a popular radio and film star in Brazil in the late 1920s. Miranda's career in Brazil as a singer of samba was established in the 1920s and 1930s, when she recorded gramophone records, performed regularly on the radio stations of Rio de Janeiro, and was featured in many of the first sound films or chanchadas made in Brazil.

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.

Undaunted, Miranda focused increasingly on her nightclub appearances, also becoming a fixture on television variety shows—indeed, for all the stereotyping she faced throughout her career, her performances made huge strides in popularizing Brazilian music, while at the same time paving the way for the increasing awareness of all Latin culture.

Carmen Miranda was the first Latin American star to be invited to imprint her hands and feet in the courtyard of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, in 1941.

She became the first South American to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

and settled in Rio de Janeiro, where he opened a barber shop.Her mother followed in 1910 with their daughters Olinda (1907–1931) and Maria do Carmo.Maria do Carmo, later Carmen, never returned to Portugal, but retained her Portuguese nationality.In Brazil, her parents had four more children: Amaro (1911), Cecília (1913–2011), Aurora (1915–2005) and Óscar (1916).She was christened Carmen by her father because of his love for the opera comique, and also after Bizet's masterpiece Carmen.This passion for opera influenced his children, and Miranda's love for singing and dancing at an early age.

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