Thursday, May 7, 2009

Happy 90th Birthday Evita!


Eva Peron, the wife of Argentinian dictator Juan Peron, behind the movie and musical Evita, was born 90 years ago today. She died at the age of 33 in 1952 at the pinnacle of her power, when she emerged as the most popular and probably most powerful person in her country.

Some historians are now revising their opinion of her and actually thing that she did good for the poor by virtually extorting money out of business concerns for social programs that she backed. I think, after reading her biographies, that she actually cared for people who needed help the most, the descamberos, or shirtless ones.

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