Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Life imitating art imitating life

Sunday New York Times headline: In Argentine Election, 2 Battle to Wear the Mantle of Evita

Apparently, the current first lady of the country and her predecessor are both claiming to be the spiritual heirs to Eva Peron.

Typical boast: "What is at stake is ... the party founded by the genius of Peron and the soul of Evita."

Eva Peron, wife of Argentinean General Juan Domingo Peron, died in 1952 at 33 and became a symbol for the poor people of Argentina because of her many charities in their behalf.

Her life became the script for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical "Evita."

Now two real-life politicians are following that script in an attempt to seize political power.

-Michael K

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