Dona Maria Eva Duarte de Peron

May 7,1919- July 26,1952

Eva Peron

She was the first lady of Argentina who fought for women's suffrage and improving the lives of the poor, and became a legendary figure in Argentine politics.

Early Life

Eva Peron was the daughter to Juan Duarte and Juana Ibarguren, and unmarried couple in Argentina. Her father was a estate manager of a large, successful farm in Argentina. However, Juana and the children shared Juan Duartes income with his "first family" who lived in a nearby town. When a new party came into power her father lost his job and returned to his other family leaving Eva's family poor and forced to leave town and move to a larger town.

"I will come again, and I will be millions"

" Time is my great enemy"

Dreams of Being a Star

Once moving to a bigger city Eva had a newfound obsession with television and movies.Eva made it her mission to one day leave her small town and life of poverty and move to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, to become a famous actress. After moving to Buenos Aires she had few jobs but ended up never claimed movie star status. Even without fame she had a nice up-scale apartment

Meeting Juan Peron

After the destruction of a massive earthquake many people wanted to help their fellow countrymen, so they went to Buenos Aires to roam the streets and collect money for earthquake victims. This is where Eva meet Juan Peron, a 48-year-old Army Colonel who was the head of the nation's labor department. Eventually Juan and Eva married each other.

President and First Lady

Encouraged by the strong show of support, Perón announced that he would run for president in the 1946 election. As the wife of a presidential candidate, Eva came under close scrutiny. Ashamed of her illegitimacy and childhood poverty. Eva quit her job to follow Juan on the campaign trail. Perón won the election and was sworn in on June 5, 1946. Eva Perón, who had been raised in poverty in a small town, had made the unlikely leap to first lady of Argentina
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Political Career

Perón became a legendary figure in Argentine politics. A skilled speaker, she was adored by the poor citizens she worked hard to help, but she was not without critics and detractors. 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.
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Her Death

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. Eva was the second wife of Juan Peron who died from cancer.
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Her Work

"I am only a simple woman who lives to serve Peron and my people."

The "action for the rest" had a name: Eva Perón Foundation.To this Foundation,
Evita dedicated her best efforts.The social work which Evita began in 1946 began to acquire far-reaching influence and importance. The Social Help Crusade worked specifically to create neighborhoods of affordable housing, Temporary Homes, school food programs, and to provide jobs to unemployed workers, instruments for hospitals, mediation for the provision of water and sanitary facilities for low income neighborhoods, donation of household items to needy families, and distribution of toys to poor children, especially during Christmas and Epiphany.



Evita is a 1996 American musical film drama about Eva Peron starring Madonna as Eva.


Evita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Peron, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Peron. The story follows Evita's early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventful death.


*Peron's supporter were called los descamisados which means the shirtless ones referring to the working class.

*The most notable fact about Eva Peron which was admired by her opponents was that Eva Peron worked hard for her foundation even up to 20-22 hours a day with no Sundays.