Fernanda Montenegro Biography

Television Actress, Film Actor/Film Actress, Theater Actress, Actress, Film Actress (1929–)
Regarded as Brazil's most talented actress, Fernanda Montenegro's career has spanned more than 50 years and has included countless stage, TV and film roles.


Fernanda Montenegro was born October 16, 1929, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her career has spanned more than 50 years and has included countless stage and television roles in addition to her work in feature films. She founded an acting company with her husband, actor/writer/director Fernando Torres, in 1963. Along with their son Claudio, the couple still mounts productions all over Brazil.

Early Life

Born Arlete Pinhiero in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 16, 1929, Fernanda Montenegro made her theatrical debut in 1950 opposite Fernando Torres, whom she married three years later. In 1959, the couple founded their own theater company, through which they produced and acted in numerous Portuguese-language productions.

Success on Screen 

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 69-year-old actress, won her a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

Recent Years

With success under her belt, Montenegro has always remained busy across mediums, and she appeared on stage until 2009. She has also continued to appear in TV roles, the most recent of which was in 2013, and her film work continues with roles in several films through 2013 and 2014.

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