Sonia Braga

Sonia BragaSonia Braga was born in Maringá, Paraná State, Brazil, the daughter of Maria José “Zeze” Braga, a seamstress, and a realtor father. In 1975, she became famous in Brazil with the telenovela Gabriela (based on the book Gabriela, Cravo e Canela by Jorge Amado).

Braga made another notable Jorge Amado adaptation, when she played the lead role in the film Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (“Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos”) in 1976. She made appearances in several Brazilian blockbuster films such as Lady on the Bus (“A Dama do Lotação”) in 1978 and I Love You (“Eu Te Amo” in Portuguese) in 1981.

She achieved international recognition with her title role in the film adaptation of Gabriela in 1983. Set in Bahia in 1925, Amado’s story tells of Gabriela, a mulatto girl who transforms the lives of many of the provincial inhabitants. Jorge Amado’s romantic tale was to be Braga’s stepping stone into American cinema after which she moved to the United States where she appeared in such films as The Rookie (1990), Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Milagro Beanfield War and Angel Eyes. She has guest starred in television series such as Alias, The Cosby Show, George Lopez, CSI: Miami, Sex and the City, Ghost Whisperer and Brothers & Sisters.

In 2007, she accepted a part on a Brazilian prime time soap opera, Páginas da Vida, and then in the Portuguese language version of the American TV series Desperate Housewives. After that she moved back to Roosevelt Island in New York City to relaunch her career in the United States.




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Categories: Brazilian actresses


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