It's one of my favorite Orson Welles movies. TOUCH OF EVIL, the black and white mystery film noir crime story released in 1958, written and directed by Orson Welles. I was lucky enough to interview Janet Leigh when the restored version of the film was opening. She was proud, thrilled and brought a copy of Welles' original script with her. She was a great advocate for directors having the right to execute their own vision of a film without a studio later altering the final print. In my introduction on the set "Good Day New York" set on WNYW/Fox5, I said that Janet Leigh had gone from being "the MGM girl next door" to sexy roles in dark dramas such as PSYCHO, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE and TOUCH OF EVIL. Charlton Heston co-starred in Welles' classic as her Mexican-American husband.
Now to my question. Carmen Miranda, a sensation in 1940s Technicolor musical comedies at 20th Century Fox, quickly became a Hollywood icon. Actors and actresses -- even Bugs Bunny -- did imitations of "The Brazilian Bombshell" with the festive headwear.
Her final screen role was in a 1953 Paramount comedy, SCARED STIFF, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Singer/actress Carmen Miranda died in 1955 of a heart attack. She was only 46.