Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business

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Release Date: July 05, 1995Running Time: 90 mins.
Genre: Documentary

Cynthia Adler
Erick Barreto
Leticia Monte
Roger Baker

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Born in 1909, Carmen Miranda was already famous in Brazil during the 1930s; her discovery by Broadway impressario Lee Shubert in 1939 made her an international star. The film tracks Miranda's astonishing ascent in popularity, from dirt-poor singer and dancer in Rio de Janeiro to Broadway and Hollywood (where she became, in 1945, the highest paid female entertainer in the U.S.). Her success came with a price tag: she was caught between being a "real" Latin American or being Hollywood's version of one--with all the notoriety and fortune it would bring. Today Miranda is a cult figure, known mainly for her exuberant renditions of such songs as "South American Way" and "The Lady in the Tutti-Frut... Full Summary >>