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Regarded as Brazil's most talented actress, Fernanda Montenegro's career has spanned more than fifty years and included countless stage, TV and film roles.
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Born Arlete Pinhiero in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Regarded as Brazil's most talented actress, Montenegro's career has spanned more than fifty years and included countless stage and television roles in addition to her work in feature films. Montenegro founded an acting company with her husband, actor/writer/director Fernando Torres in 1963. Along with their son Claudio, who is a set designer and director for the company, the couple still mounts productions all over Brazil.
In 1970, Montenegro received the Best Actress Award at the Moscow Film Festival for her role in Em Famlia. Seven years later, her performance in Tudo Bem was honored with the Best Actress Award at Italy's Taormina Film Festival.
In 1997, Montenegro teamed up with her daughter, actress Fernanda Torres, in Four Days in September, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Montenegro's portrayal of Dora in Central Station (1998), a part writer Walter Salles created especially for the sixty-nine-year-old actress, won her a Best Actress Oscar nod, giving her the chance to become only the second actress in history to win an Oscar for a role in a foreign language film.
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