Authors: Shaw, Lisa
- It is the first book in English that analyses the film career and star persona of Carmen Miranda, officially the USA's highest paid woman in 1946, and the first Latin American to be invited to leave imprints of her hands and feet outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, in 1941
- The book combines close readings of Carmen Miranda's film performances, both in Brazil and Hollywood, with an analysis of how her star image has been perpetuated and reinforced in varied parts of the world via reproductions in material culture, such as copycat clothing and caricatured versions of her look, and via the performances of 'Carmen Miranda' imitators, not least carnival revellers and drag queens
- It explores the Brazilian cultural origins of Carmen Miranda's screen persona in Hollywood, tracing how the latter grew out of a process of experimentation in Brazil, before her move to the US, both in her early film roles and in her singing career
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- About this book
This is the first book-length study of Carmen Miranda in English. It traces her origins as a radio singer, recording artist and film star in Brazil in the 1930s, before exploring in depth her Hollywood screen roles and the construction of her long-lasting star persona in the USA.
- About the authors
LISA SHAW is a Reader in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at the University of Liverpool. She is the author of The Social History of the Brazilian Samba (1999), and co-author (with Stephanie Dennison) of Popular Cinema in Brazil (2004) and Brazilian National Cinema (2007). She co-edited (with Rob Stone) the book Screening Songs in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema (2012), and was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust to complete a research project entitled 'Tropical Travels: Brazilian Popular Culture Abroad, 1870-1945' in 2012.