Eva Perón, also known as Evita, was a native of Argentina. As wife of Argentine President Juan Perón she served as first lady of Argentina from 1946 until 1952. During her time as first lady she championed women’s suffrage and inspired millions with her campaigns to help the poor.
María Eva Duarte de Perón was born in Los Toldos in north western Argentina in May 1919. She moved to Buenos Aires in 1934 to pursue a career in acting. Ten years later she met Colonel Juan Perón. They married in 1945 and Juan Perón was elected President of Argentina the following year.
As first lady Eva Perón became a popular and sometimes controversial figure. Her support for the poor and her campaigns to overcome poverty and injustice was opposed by the establishment and the military. She died at the age of 33 on July 26th 1952. Her life was made into the hit musical ‘Evita’ by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice. A film version of the musical starring Madonna was released in 1995.
Eva Perón was born in the year 1919 On This Day.
Eva Peron’s Portrait