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Files the thoughts of a battle within the phrases of these girls brave adequate to stroll into hell. --San Francisco Chronicle

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Evita again sought work. Over the next two years, she sometimes found employment in theater. Her roles were always small, and some of them were nonspeaking parts. In December 1936 she had a tiny part—lasting just a few minutes—in The Children’s Hour. Many years later, another actor in that play described Evita to biographers Nicholas Fraser and Marysa Navarro: [She was] young and pretty, very pretty; with dark eyes, deep red lips and a skin the color and texture of a magnolia, quite transparent.

No first lady had ever set up offices for her own work. Evita was criticized, too, for putting her own family members in government positions that they were not qualified to hold. For instance, Evita’s brother Juan Duarte received the appointment of private presidential secretary. His job was to decide who would be allowed to meet with President Perón. People grumbled that Evita would influence Juan’s decisions. They saw this as yet another example of how Evita had too much influence over the president.

However, members of the army did not like the fact that she presented Perón as the only military hero. Perón took Evita with him to many political functions. Some military officials feared that Evita had too much influence over Perón. They weren’t sure who she really was or where she had come from, and Evita refused to answer questions about her past. This led to widespread rumors and gossip. AN UNPOPULAR GOVERNMENT As 1945 wore on, the military government became increasingly unpopular. Many different political groups in the country wanted a change.

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