Maria Barroso

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Maria Barroso
Born Maria de Jesus Simões Barroso Soares
(1925-05-02) May 2, 1925 (age 89)
Occupation Actress, Politician

Maria de Jesus Simões Barroso Soares, GCL (born Olhão, Fuseta, 2 May 1925) is a Portuguese actress,[1][2] daughter of Alfredo José Barroso (b. Portimão, Alvor) and wife Maria da Encarnação Simões.

She is the wife of former President Mário Soares,[3] whom she married on 22 February 1949 at the 3rd Conservatory of the Civil Register of Lisbon, while he was in the Aljube prison, with whom she has one son, politician João Soares, born on 29 August 1949, and one daughter, Isabel Barroso Soares, born on 9 January 1951, unmarried and without issue, who manages Colégio Moderno; although not as politically involved as her husband, she was a founding member of the Socialist Party. She is the President of the Aristides Sousa Mendes Foundation and Pro Dignitate Association. She was the head of the Portuguese Red Cross for several years.

She was a member of the National Theater Company and one of the most famous theater and cinema actress in Portugal. Recently[when?] she read the poetry of Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen a Unesco in homage to Aristides Sousa Mendes. Baritone Jorge Chaminé also performed at this event.


  1. ^ Mailer, Phil (1996-01-01). Portugal, the impossible revolution?. Black Rose Books Ltd. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-919618-33-6. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Cowie, Peter; Elley, Derek (1977). World Filmography: 1967. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. p. 474. ISBN 978-0-498-01565-6. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Company, H.W. Wilson (1976). Current biography yearbook. H. W. Wilson Co. p. 393. Retrieved 5 April 2011.