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By Michael Baadke

Born Feb. 9: Carmen Miranda

February 09, 2015 05:55 AM

  • Carmen Miranda, born Feb. 9, 1909, is shown wearing her signature fruit hat on a forever stamp issued in 2011.

Entertainer Carmen Miranda was born in Marco de Canaveses, Portugal, Feb. 9, 1909. Her family moved to Brazil when Miranda (born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha) was still an infant.

In Brazil Miranda became a hugely popular recording artist and film actress. She moved to the United States in 1939 and found even greater international fame, with numerous successful films and recordings.

In later years Miranda remained a popular singer and nightclub performer, and made guest appearances on television variety shows.

She is often remembered wearing improbable hats made of tropical fruits, an iconic image stemming from her role in the 1943 film, The Gang’s All Here.

When the United States Postal Service issued its Latin Music Legends stamp set in 2011, the Carmen Miranda forever stamp (Scott 4498) showed the smiling singer wearing her signature fruit hat.

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