Sônia Maria Campos Braga (born 8 June 1950) is a Brazilian actress. She has been nominated for both a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 3 Personal life
* 4 Filmography
* 5 Awards and nominations
* 6 References
* 7 External links
Sonia 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 Gabriela, the film adaptation of Jorge Amado's novel, in 1983. Amado's story is set in Bahia in 1925, 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 acted in films like 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 and Ghost Whisperer.
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.
Sônia Braga was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1995 in the category of "outstanding supporting actress in a mini series or special" (role of Regina De Carvalho in The Burning Season).
In Brazil, she was one of the top soap opera (telenovela) stars in the 1970s. She was also in the Brazilian version of Sesame Street (Vila Sésamo).
During the 1980s, Braga had a relationship with actor Robert Redford.
Her niece, Alice Braga, starred in the internationally acclaimed feature film, City of God and I Am Legend with Will Smith.
Year Film Role Other notes
1968 The Red Light Bandit Victim
1970 Cleo e Daniel Sandra
A Moreninha Carolina
1971 O Capitão Bandeira Contra o Dr. Moura Brasil Boy
1973 Mestiça, a Escrava Indomável Mestiça
1975 O Casal Maria Lúcia
1976 Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands Dona Flor (Florípides) Guimarães
1978 Lady on the Bus Solange Alternative title: A Dama do Lotação
1981 I Love You Maria
1983 Gabriela, Cravo e Canela Gabriela
1985 Kiss of the Spider Woman Leni Lamaison/Marta/Spider Woman
1988 The Milagro Beanfield War Ruby Archuleta
Moon over Parador Madonna Mendez
1990 The Rookie Liesl
1993 Roosters Juana Morales
1995 Two Deaths Ana Puscasu
1996 Tieta do Agreste Tieta
1999 From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter Quixtla Direct-to-Video Release
2001 Perfume Irene Mancini
Posthumous Memories Marcela
Angel Eyes Josephine Pogue
2002 Empire Iris
2003 Testosterone Pablo's Mother
2004 Amália Traïda Amália Rodrigues Short film
Scene Stealers Celia Crouch
2005 Che Guevara Celia
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Tina
2006 Sea of Dreams Nurka
Bordertown Teresa Casillas
The Hottest State Mrs. Garcia
2010 An Invisible Sign Mom
2011 Femena pre-production
Butterflies & Lightning pre-production