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Carmen Miranda Lisa Shaw

Carmen Miranda

Lisa Shaw

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ISBN : 9781844574322
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168 pages
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Carmen Miranda was not only the first Latin American star to be invited to imprint her hands and feet outside Graumans ChineseTheatre in Hollywood, she was also, for a period, the highest paid female star in the US. Lisa Shaws study of MirandasMoreCarmen Miranda was not only the first Latin American star to be invited to imprint her hands and feet outside Graumans ChineseTheatre in Hollywood, she was also, for a period, the highest paid female star in the US. Lisa Shaws study of Mirandas film career and star persona traces her emergence as one of the first stars of the Brazilian film industry and her subsequent triumph in Hollywood.Shaw charts Mirandas transition from singer to film star, analysing how her star persona drew on performance techniques honed during her singing career. She examines shifts in Mirandas star identity after her move to Broadway in 1939, and Hollywood a year later, with her identification as an ethnic star emphasised by extravagant baiana costumes.Shaw shows how Miranda consciously constructed an identity that both endorsed and subverted stereotypes about Latin Americaduring the era of the Good Neighbor Policy, and explores Mirandas appeal across mainstream and marginalised audiences, both in the US and Brazil. Finally, she considers why Mirandas image is still instantly recognisable, examining her impact on material culture, particularly womens fashions, both during her lifetime and until the present day, and the role played in the consecration of her tropical star persona by imitators, ranging from Bugs Bunny, Lucille Ball and Mickey Rooney, to contemporary Carmen Miranda imitators of both genders