Friday, July 30, 2004

Carmen Miranda's Shoes

From the department of obscure Hollywood gossip.....

Carmen Miranda, the Latin American signing and dancing sensation of the 1940s, was known for her wild costumes—tall fruit-filled hats, sexy ruffled dresses, and towering platform shoes. Her shoes, while part of her iconic look, served another purpose as well. According to Kenneth Anger’s HOLLYWOOD BABYLON II, Ms. Miranda kept her cocaine hidden in a secret compartment inside the flashy footwear.

I like Carmen Miranda a lot, and I plan to profile her and an excellent documentary of her life, BANANAS IS MY BUSINESS (1995), in a future post.

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