Sônia Braga

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Campos and the second or paternal family name is Braga.
Sônia Braga
Sônia Braga no Cine Ceará 2010 cropped.jpg
Sônia Braga in 2010.
Born Sônia Maria Campos Braga
(1950-06-08) 8 June 1950 (age 64)
Maringá, Paraná, Brazil
Occupation Actress
Years active 1967–present
Relatives Alice Braga (niece)

Sônia Maria Campos Braga (born 8 June 1950) is a Brazilian actress. Nominated for three Golden Globes and an Emmy Award, Braga is best known for her performances in Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Moon Over Parador. Her television credits include Sex and the City, Alias, American Family and The Cosby Show.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sonia Braga was born in Maringá, Paraná State, Brazil, the daughter of Maria José "Zeze" Braga, a seamstress, and a realtor father.[2] In 1975 she became famous in Brazil with the telenovela Gabriela (based on the book Gabriela, Cravo e Canela by Jorge Amado).


With Robert Redford and Melanie Griffith, Cannes 1988.

Braga made another notable Jorge Amado adaptation in 1976 when she played the lead role in the film Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands ("Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos"). 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 in 1983 with her title role in Gabriela, the film adaptation of Jorge Amado's novel. Set in Ilheus, 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. Sonia Braga was the first Brazilian to present a category at the Oscars, at age 36 in 1987. The actress, who gained worldwide fame for her work in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), was announced by Goldie Hawn as one of the most glamorous actresses in the world, before going on stage alongside star Michael Douglas, who announced the indicated best short film.[3]

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" for the role of Regina De Carvalho in The Burning Season.[4]

In Brazil she was one of the top soap opera (telenovela) stars of the 1970s. She also appeared in the Brazilian version of Sesame Street (Vila Sésamo).


Year Film Role Notes
1968 The Red Light Bandit Victim
1970 Cleo e Daniel Sandra
1970 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 aka A Dama do Lotação Solange
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
1988 Moon over Parador Madonna Mendez
1990 The Rookie Liesl
1993 Roosters Juana Morales
1994 The Burning Season Regina de Carvalho
1995 Two Deaths Ana Puscasu
1996 Tieta do Agreste Tieta
1999 From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter Quixtla
2001 Perfume Irene Mancini
2001 Memórias Póstumas Marcela
2001 Angel Eyes Josephine Pogue
2002 Empire Iris
2003 Testosterone Pablo's Mother
2004 Amália Traïda Amália Rodrigues Short
2004 Scene Stealers Celia Crouch
2005 Che Guevara Celia
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Tina
2006 Sea of Dreams Nurka
2006 Bordertown Teresa Casillas
2006 The Hottest State Mrs. Garcia
2010 An Invisible Sign Mom
2010 Lope Paquita
2012 The Wine of Summer Eliza Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1969 A Menina do Veleiro Azul Brazilian TV series
1970 Irmãos Coragem Lídia Siqueira Brazilian TV series
1972 Vila Sésamo Ana Maria Brazilian TV series
1972 Selva de Pedra Flávia Brazilian TV soap opera
1972 Somos Todos do Jardim de Infância TV movie
1974 Fogo Sobre Terra Brisa Brazilian TV series
1975 Gabriela Gabriela Brazilian TV series
1976 Saramandaia Marcina Brazilian TV series
1977 Espelho Mágico Camila/Cinthia Levy Brazilian TV series
1978 Dancin' Days Júlia de Souza Matos Brazilian TV series
1980 Chega Mais Gelly Brazilian TV series
1986 The Cosby Show Anna Maria Westlake 2 episodes
1987 The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains Emily Del Pino Pacheco TV movie
1991 The Last Prostitute Loah TV movie
1992 Tales from the Crypt Sophie Wagner 1 episode: ("This'll Kill Ya")
1994 The Burning Season Regina de Carvalho TV movie
1995 Streets of Laredo Maria Garza Miniseries
1995 Moses Sephora TV movie
1997 Money Play$ Irene TV movie
1998 Four Corners Carlota Alvarez
1998 A Will of their Own Jessie Lopez De La Cruz Miniseries
1999 Força de um Desejo Baronesa Helena Menezes de Albuquerque Silveira Sobral Brazilian TV series
2000 Family Law Beatrice Valdez 1 episode: ("Echoes")
2001 The Judge Lily Acosta TV movie
2001 Sex and the City Maria Diega Reyes 3 episodes
2002 American Family Berta Gonzalez 11 episodes
2002 George Lopez Emilina Palmero 1 episode: ("Meet the Cuban Parents")
2003 Law & Order Helen 1 episode: ("Genius")
2005 CSI: Miami Dona Marta Cruz 1 episode: ("Identity")
2005 Alias Elena Derevko / Sophia Vargas 5 episodes
2005 Ghost Whisperer Estella de la Costa 1 episode: ("Shadow Boxer")
2006 Páginas da Vida Tônia (Antônia Werneck) Brazilian TV series
2007 Donas de Casa Desesperadas Alice Monteiro Brazilian TV series
2010 As Cariocas Julia 1 episode: ("A Adúltera da Urca")
2010 Brothers and Sisters Gabriela 2 episodes
2011 Tapas & Beijos Helô Siqueira Episode: ("A Bolsa do Camelô")
2014 Royal Pains Lorena Correia Season 6[5]
Warehouse 13 Alicia Season 5, Episode 4 ("Savage Seduction")[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Prizes Category Work Result
1981 BAFTA Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands Nominated
1981 Festival de Gramado Best Actress Eu Te Amo Won
1986 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Kiss of the Spider Woman Nominated
1989 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Moon over Parador Nominated
1995 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special The Burning Season Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV The Burning Season Nominated
1996 Lone Star Film & Television Awards Best TV Supporting Actress Streets of Laredo Won
NCLR Bravo Award Outstanding Individual Performance in Made for Television Movie or Mini-Series Streets of Laredo Nominated
2001 Festival de Gramado Best Supporting Actress Posthumous Memories Won
2004 Imagen Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama American Family Nominated
2014 Premios Platino[7] Honorary recognition Won

Personal life[edit]

During the 1980s, Braga had relationships with Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth,[8] with actor Robert Redford[9] and later, with director Clint Eastwood.[10] She has no children.

Her niece, Alice Braga, has starred in several films such as City of God and I Am Legend with Will Smith and Blindness with Julianne Moore.


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