Featured Brazil Story | Rio de Janeiro: Wild Nights at the Copa
I don't think Barry Manilow had this in mind when he wrote "Copacabana."
Looming above Rio de Janeiro's most famous beach, the Copacabana Palace would have to be one of the world's most infamous celebrity hotels. Modeled on the glamorous resorts of the Riviera, it opened in 1923 and soon became the place to stay for Hollywood stars and European aristocrats during Rio's "golden age." When Orson Welles took a suite here in 1942 with the Mexican actress Dolores del Rio while filming a documentary on Brazil, It's All True, high drama ensued on and off the set.
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