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Overview (5)

Born in Los Toldos [now General Viamonte], Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died in Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina  (uterine cancer)
Birth NameMaría Eva Ibarguren
Nicknames Evita
Santa Evita
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Eva María Duarte was born into a small poor village, Los Toldos. When she was still a child she always knew she wanted to break out and get more than the others from her life. She wanted to become an actress. At the age of 15, she seduced the singer Agustín Magaldi to take her with him on his journey to Buenos Aires, where she soon found work on stage and as a photo model. Some affairs later, she got her first film contract and starred in some minor roles. She soon realized that she hadn't a very big talent on the stage and on the screen, but that she had quite some voice talent, and started working with great success in radio shows. Because she got friends in high ranks of politics, her film career also flourished. She started dating the revolutionist 'Juan Perón' and they soon married. With the help of the military Perón took over Argentina, and Eva became something like the "queen of hearts" of the poor. She tried to make the situation better for the lots of poor people in Argentina, and she will never be forgotten by them. She was the one who kept the spirit alive, and after her tragic death in 1952 Perón was never as successful as he was with her. Some years after her death, some other regime took over the country and he had to leave Argentina.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lukas Fichtinger <lfichtin@htlbraunau.asn-linz.ac.at>

María Eva Ibarguren was born in Los Toldos, Argentina, on May 7, 1919. The youngest of five born to Juana Ibarguren and her married employer, Eva was subject from a very young age to unjust discrimination simply because she was an illegitimate child. According to popular legend, she left Los Toldos at the age of 15 with the help of tango singer Agustín Magaldi, and moved to Buenos Aires to pursue an acting career. Although her acting skills were nothing spectacular, she captured the eye of Colonel Juan Domingo Perón, who was well on his way to becoming President of Argentina. They married shortly before Perón became president, at which point Eva had her birth certificate altered to show her maiden name as Duarte and show that her parents were married.

Eva soon became the spiritual leader of Argentina. While the upper and middle classes frowned upon her for her illegitimacy and promiscuous past, the lower class, known as the "descamisados" (shirtless workers). She insisted on being known affectionately as "Evita", a term of endearment between her and her descamisados. After her tragic death on July 26, 1952, the entire nation fell into despair. Juan Perón was soon overthrown, and Evita's embalmed body was moved overseas to Europe to be kept safe from the Anti-Perónists. Years later, the body was returned to Argentina where it remains to this day.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Robert T. Koehler

Spouse (1)

Juan Domingo Perón (22 October 1945 - 26 July 1952) ( her death)

Trivia (11)

Had a fallout with Libertad Lamarque during the making of Circus Cavalcade (1945). After Lamarque was blacklisted by the Perón regime, she went into exile in Mexico.
During her acting career she was known as Eva Duarte. In her political career she was known as Eva Perón, or, simply, Evita. She inspired the 1979 Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice Broadway rock opera "Evita".
After her death, her body was embalmed by doctor Pedro Ala. When Peron had to leave Argentina, so did Evita's body. Her body was buried for 14 years in Italy, under the name of Maria Maggi.
She died at 8.25pm.
Her mother was Juana Ibaguren. She also had four siblings: Elisa, Blanca, Juan, and Erminda. She was the youngest.
She founded the Maria Eva Duarte de Peron Foundation in 1948.
Briefly ran for vice-president of Argentina.
Played by Faye Dunaway in Evita Peron (1981), Madonna in Evita (1996), Patti LuPone in the 1979 Broadway rock opera "Evita", Julie Covington on the 1976 concept album of "Evita", Elaine Paige in the 1978 London production of "Evita", and Elena Roger in the 2012 Broadway revival of "Evita".
Created the Female Peronist Party, which was the first large female political party in the nation in year 1948.
Only a few months after "the Renouncement," Evita underwent a secret radical hysterectomy in an attempt to cure her of her advanced cervical cancer. She was the first person who had a hysterectomy in Argentina (1952).
She and Perón were sympathetic to the Nazi cause because Adolf Hitler was opposed to Communism. As many as 9,000 former Nazis and collaborators - including Dinko Sakic, Josef Mengele, and Adolf Eichmann - may have fled to South America, 5,000 of them settling in Argentina. The book "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Latin America" (2011) claims Perón and Eva accepted property looted from Jewish Holocaust victims as payment for granting asylum.

Personal Quotes (1)

Perón is the heart, the soul, the nerve, and the reality of the Argentine people. We all know that there is only one man in our movement with his own source of light. We all feed off of that light. And that man is Perón! [1951 speech]

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