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Honoring “Brazilian Bombshell” Carmen Miranda on Her Birthday

Carmen Miranda

Maria de Carmo Miranda was born on February 9, 1909 in Marco de Canaveses, Portugal. At the age of one, her mother and sister joined her father in Rio de Janeiro, where he had a barber shop. A big fan of Bizet’s opera Carmen, her dad had Maria christened with that name. By the 1930s, Miranda would become Brazil’s most popular female singer, and be nicknamed “the Brazilian Bombshell”. Famous for her renditions of the samba, Carmen came to New York when Lee Shubert, of the theatrical dynasty, hired her to perform in The Streets of Paris on Broadway with Abbott and Costello in June 1939. As Carmen’s birth time is unknown, I’ve calculated a Noon chart with 0 degrees of Aries Rising. Except for the MOON w, the positions of the SUN q and other planets are accurate. An AQUARIUS b, Carmen would express her unique personality and originality in a big way.


At 20 degrees of AQUARIUS, Carmen’s SUN was within 30 minutes of the midpoint of JUPITER y and CUPIDO Q. The SUN is our personality; vitality; and purpose in life. JUPITER is the planet of success, good fortune and abundance. CUPIDO signifies an artistic society; and artistic talent which runs in the family. Being born with this combination drove Carmen to seek and receiving approval from friends, the community and the world. It brought her great business and artistic success.

Carmen’s zest and physical energy are reflected in the way MARS t and POSEIDON connect with planet URANUS and the SUN.

Over the course of her brief career, Miranda was a singer, dancer and actress. VENUS r, symbolizing beauty, music, art, and the need to be seen in the best light is on the midpoint of SATURN and MERCURY. This combination means competence, precision, and a pleasing outcome.

Besides being an Aquarius, Carmen had planets MERCURY and VENUS in that sign.

Miranda’s VENUS is also 22½ degrees to her APOLLON . APOLLON acts like a supersized JUPITER. This combination leads to successful business and commercial enterprises. In 1940 Miranda made her first film, Down Argentine Way. Co-starring Don Ameche and Betty Grable, the movie was a great success, grossing $2 million dollars in the U.S. that year. Carmen was voted the 3rd most popular personality in the United States and was invited to meet President Franklin Roosevelt. She was the first Latin American star invited to imprint her hands and feet in the courtyard of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

By 1945, Miranda had become Hollywood’s highest paid entertainer and top female taxpayer in the United States, earning more than$200,000 that year…$2,650,000 in 2016 dollars.

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Romulus Zamora

Romulus Zamora was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, received a BFA from the University of Texas, and an MFA from Florida State University. He served on the theater faculties of UCLA and USC before devoting himself to the practice of Astrology full-time. In his 28 years as a consulting astrologer his clients have included actors, attorneys, executives, politicians and athletes. Contact him at: Romulus@RomulusAstrology.com.

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