Just as Popular in Death


Eva Duarte Peron, in repose next to Juan Peron

Eva Duarte Peron, the wife of one-time leader of Argentina Juan Peron, was immensely popular as the nation’s First Lady. Her life inspired the musical play and motion picture Evita.

Upon her death, her popularity only increased, and her body went on a long and sometimes-mysterious journey, including a period of time where Eva’s embalmed corpse sat at the dinner table with Juan Peron and his new wife, Isabel.

When Juan Peron died, Isabel consented to Eva’s body briefly being placed on display next to her deceased husband, but ownership and possession of the body remained with Isabel until 1976 — nearly a quarter of a century after Eva’s death — when the body was finally interred.


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