Maria Eva Duarte, more famously known as Evita, was born in Los Toldos, Argentina and grew up in extreme poverty. After the death of her father, Eva and her family moved to Junin, in the province in Buenos Aires, so that she and her siblings could work to support the family.
Eva had grander plans and moved to Buenos Aires when she was 15 and landed her first acting role in the 1937 film Segundos Afuera. She also appeared in theater productions and eventually set up her own radio production company Compañia de Teatro del Aire.
At 24, Eva met Colonel Juan Peron at a charity event and within two years they were married. Eva became embroiled in politics, eventually running the Ministries of Labor and Health and championed women’s suffrage in Argentina and ran the first female political party.
In 1952, she was granted the title of Spiritual Leader of the Nation by the Argentine Congress. Later that a year, she died of cervical cancer at 33. Though short, her eventful life has been immortalized in the musical Evita.