- NAME: Eva Perón
- OCCUPATION: Women's Rights Activist, Actress, Political Leader
- BIRTH DATE: May 07, 1919
- DEATH DATE: July 26, 1952
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Toldos, Argentina
- PLACE OF DEATH: Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Originally: María Eva Duarte
- AKA: Evita Perón
- AKA: Eva Duarte
- AKA: Eva Perón
- Full Name: María Eva Duarte de Perón
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Eva Perón used her position as the first lady of Argentina to fight for women's suffrage and improving the lives of the poor.
Evita Peron appealed to the working class by telling the crowds "I am one of you. I know what it is to go hungry." An experienced actress, she invented her own myth and performed the role of politician's wife.
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Asked to run as vice president with her husband in 1951, she faced opposition by the army. Perón ultimately turned down the post—possibly due to the health issues she was battling around this same time, stemming from uterine cancer.
Perón made her last public appearance in June 1952, at her husband's second inauguration. The following month, she succumbed to her illness: Perón died of uterine cancer in Buenos Aires on July 26, 1952. She was given a funeral fit for a head of state, showing how much public support she had from the Argentine people at the time.
Since her death, Perón's life continues to fascinate people around the world. The story of a poor girl who became a prominent political power has been the subject of countless books, films and plays. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the hit musical Evita (1979), which was loosely based on Perón's life. Madonna later played Perón in the 1996 film version, with Antonio Banderas portraying Che Guevara.
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