If you were around in the 1940s, you knew this face like the back of your hand.

An Interview With Carmen Miranda – 1952 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

If you were around in the 1940s, you knew this face like the back of your hand.

If you were around in the 1940s, you knew this face like the back of your hand.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – George Fisher Interviews Carmen Miranda – July, 1952 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

No question, Portuguese-Brazilian singer Carmen Miranda was a household name in American entertainment throughout the 1940s and into the 1950s. Anyone who is a fan of the Technicolor extravaganza movie musicals have no doubt seen her. It’s difficult, if not impossible to miss her. Her signature platform shoes, her outrageous head-gear and her larger-than-life persona made her an instant icon to millions.

Aside from that, she had a long and very active stage and recording career. It would be safe to say her introduction to many American audiences to Brazilian music did a considerable amount to cast light on a fascinating and very rich musical genre. And she paved the way for many other Brazilian artists to gain popularity worldwide ever since. And her iconic fashion statement goes without saying. Not to mention her iconic presence has been inspiration to several generations of drag queens.

But, as with all artists and personalities of the past, their imprint on our culture tends to fade over time. And it would be safe to assume most people these days have no idea who Carmen Miranda was. Only vague hints surface when photos appear of Miranda in her trademark outfits or the occasional airing of one of her movies via TMC.

But to get a better idea of who she was, here is an interview conducted by Hollywood columnist George Fisher from July of 1952. The raw interview was intended to be cut up, with portions used for his daily radio show. She is being interviewed in connection with completion of shooting her latest film Scared Stiff, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, which would be released in 1953.

To give you a better idea of who in the world Carmen Miranda was, here is that 1952 interview.

 

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9 Responses

  1. So enjoyed this radio interview with Carmen back in 1952. What a find, Thank You for posting it on FB.

    • gordonskene says:

      My pleasure. I have a lot of this interview material and always wonder if anyone is interested. Thanks for the good words – I will be offering more of this type of vintage interview in the future!
      Gordon

      • Gustavo says:

        Wonderful! Do you have something else like this related to Carmen Miranda, Aurora Miranda, or another brazilian person?

        Thank you very much!

      • gordonskene says:

        Not at the moment. But if I come across something, I will let you know.

  2. Henrique says:

    What? Is that a real recording? I was thinking it was some kind of interpretation. There aren’t much material of her speaking in english and not just singing or acting, so it’s hard to identify if is her own voice, her english was perfect ( not like mine, perhaps this is the cause I didn’t realize that was a brazilian like me speaking). How did you get this? Do you have more Carmen and cia material? That’s just amazing, thank you so much, muito obrigado.

    • gordonskene says:

      This is the only one I’ve found so far. Yes, it’s real – it was recorded for a radio program and was an interview with George Fisher, who was a popular Hollywood columnist of the 1940s and 1950s.

  3. Henrique says:

    This is gold. Thank you Gordon, your work on this website is incredible!

  4. Aminah Akther says:

    Thank You,Gordon! This is a GOLD find! Are there any other pieces of this interview out there? I am just itching to hear the rest!! It’s so good to get to know her a bit better….and hear her gorgeous,sultry voice!!

    • gordonskene says:

      Thanks so much for your note and kind words. Unfortunately, the raw interview tape has been gone, probably after this interview originally aired in the early 1950s. This came from a largely unidentified collection of broadcasts of which the Carmen Miranda was one – as was the case with many of these interviews during these years, it was easier to erase the un-needed part of the tape and record another interview. It hasn’t always been the case, but in this case, that’s all there was. I will be airing more rare interviews like this in the coming months, so keep visiting – you never know what you’ll find!
      Best, Gordon