First Lady of Argentina 1946-1952
Eva Peron Bio Details
Maria Eva Duarte de Peron
Maria Eva Duarte
Also known as
Date of birth
Los Toldos, Argentina
Date of death:
26 Jul 1952
Place of death
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cause of death
First Lady of Argentina (1946)
Started her own radio production company when she was around 20 called the Company of the Theater of the Air.
One of the most active First Ladies in history, she used her position to fight for women's rights in Argentina winning them the right to vote as well as legalising divorce. She also worked hard to improve the lives of the poor and was hailed a social champion, becoming a legend in Argentina after her untimely death in 1952.
Established the María Eva Duarte Social Help Foundation (renamed the Eva Perón Foundation) in 1948 to fight poverty in Argentina.
She was invited to run for Vice President of Argentina in 1951 but was bitterly opposed by the Peron's political enemies including the military.
Following her death, her husband had her body embalmed and placed on public display until 1955 when a military coup overthrew her husband's government. The new regime relocated it to Italy where it was bueried under a false name before being returned to Juan Peron in 1971. Following Juan coming out of exile in 1973 and his subsequent death in 1974, the body was finally returned to Argentina and placed in the Duarte family tomb.
Tim Rice and Andrew Loyd Webber's musical Evita was based on her life.
Eva Peron Siblings
Eva Peron Family
Eva Peron's former step-parents:
Eva Peron's former step-mother is Adela D'Uhart
Eva Peron's current partners:
Eva Peron's husband was Juan Peron