First time in Buenos Aires this week and learned a lot about Eva Peron. Despite being avid theater-goers, I have to admit that I never saw Evita on Broadway so only had a loose understanding of this person.
In a nutshell, Eva was born poor, became a singer and actress and met and married an Army Colonel, Juan Peron, who was later elected President of Argentina. Eva became First Lady at the age of 26 and became an outspoken advocate for the poor (the shirtless ones”) and for women’s issues. She was immensely popular and announced her candidacy for Vice President of Argentina. While she had tremendous support, she ultimately withdrew her candidacy when she was stricken with uterine cancer. She died in 1952 at the age of 33 but the Argentines still revere her more that 70 years after her death.
Amazing to have had such an impact in such a relatively short life.
According to Wikipedia:
María Eva Duarte (7 May 1919 – 26 July 1952), better known as María Eva Duarte de Perón, Eva Perón and Evita, was the wife of Argentine President Juan Perón (1895–1974) and First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. She was born in poverty in the rural village of Los Toldos, in the Pampas, as the youngest of five children. At 15 in 1934, she moved to the nation's capital of Buenos Airesto pursue a career as a stage, radio, and film actress.