Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Happy Birthday, Carmen Miranda!

Happy birthday, Carmen Miranda! The delightful, funny, and sexy Portuguese-born Brazilian actress who was a star of American musicals in the 1940s and 50s would have turned 105 today. Although she was looked down upon at the time by many Brazilians for her caricaturish persona, she was a true talent and her Portuguese-language recordings (featured today on KCSM's Latin Jazz show) stand the test of time. As a child raised on old musicals, I fell in love with the "lady in the tutti fruiti hat," silliness and all. In fact, she reminded me a little of another favorite from a different culture: Fanny Bryce. 

This number opens up with a long classical piano intro and ends with a big Broadway dance number, but Carmen is definitely the star of the show. 

Cross-posted from Facebook.


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