A Vida da Gente

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The Life we Lead
La vida sigue poster.jpg
Genre Telenovela
Created by Lícia Manzo
Written by Lícia Manzo
Directed by Jayme Monjardim
Starring Marjorie Estiano
Fernanda Vasconcellos
Thiago Lacerda
Rafael Cardoso
Ana Beatriz Nogueira
Nicette Bruno
Jesuela Moro
Stênio Garcia
Daniela Escobar
Opening theme "Oração ao Tempo", Maria Gadú[1]
"Mirame Bien" by Julieta Venegas (for Spanish-speaking markets)
Country of origin Brazil
Original language(s) Portuguese
No. of episodes 137 / 70 (International Version)
Location(s) São Paulo
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 40-50 minutes
Original network Rede Globo
Picture format SDTV 480i
HDTV 1080i
Audio format Stereophonic
Original release September 26, 2011 – March 2, 2012
Preceded by Cordel Encantado
Followed by Amor Eterno Amor

A Vida da Gente (The Life We Lead) is a Brazilian telenovela that was broadcast by Rede Globo in 2011 and 2012.

The Life We Lead, about the touching story of two sisters, Ana and Manuela. The telenovela is about the love triangle between Ana, Rodrigo and Manuela, and family dramas lived by them after a tragic accident.[2]

Starring, Fernanda Vasconcellos, Rafael Cardoso, Thiago Lacerda and Marjorie Estiano.


Drama, emotion, and love permeate the unconventional family ties in The Life We Lead. This brightly intensive telenovela reveals that love is the only thing that can sustain and nurture when life doesn't go according to plan.

Ana is a promising tennis player with a collection of titles and trophies to flaunt. She finds out she is pregnant by her loving boyfriend Rodrigo. Her controlling mother, Eva, forces her to break up with Rodrigo and compels her to stay out of town until the baby is born. Eva's biggest concern is that she doesn't lose any of her sponsorship deals. Later, Ana returns home and is eager to resume her athletic career, raise her baby Julia, and tell Rodrigo the truth. As always, she counts on her best friend and sister, Manuela, to give her support. But Eva lies to everyone, including Rodrigo, and says that Julia is the girls' sister, a result from a fling she had in the past. Throughout their lives, Eva had always been extremely overprotective and loving towards Ana but she never had a warm relationship with Manuela. On the contrary, Eva always went out of her way to put Manuela down. Ana and Manuela no longer wish to live side by side with their oppressive mother and deal with her unstable temperament. They decide to drive to their grandmother’s home, so they take off in the middle of the night with baby Julia. But they get into a horrible car accident on the way and Ana is left in a deep coma.

As time passes and there seems to be no progress in Ana's condition, Manuela takes over the role of Julia's mother. Devastated and feeling guilty, Manuela tells Rodrigo that Julia is really his daughter. Together, they go through all the difficulties and delights of raising a child and begin to feel a deep connection and love for each other. Five years later, Julia is a confident and happy child who turned to Manuela in her mother's absence although it was always made clear to her that she was really Ana's daughter.

But suddenly, Ana awakens from the coma to face a very different reality than what she remembers. Now she must deal with the mixed feelings provided by the life that she missed. She is happy to see a healthy, grown Julia and thankful to Manuela for looking after her daughter as if she was her own. But she is frustrated for not being able to express the choked up feelings she still has for Rodrigo and also envies Manuela for leading the life that belonged to her. Ana can still count on her loving sister to give her support in adapting to her new life until Eva finally succeeds in setting the girls against each other. She reassures Manuela that her feelings for Rodrigo remain in the past and even reveals that she has a crush on her doctor, Lucio. But deep down she strives to repress the love she still feels for Rodrigo.

Ana's great struggle to recover the life that went on without her is only surpassed because of positive attitude, persistence, and especially love. Her relationship with Manuela and the dedication of those who come to know her, reveal that unconditional love is the only thing that can overcome life's unexpected turnarounds. With radiant, colorful photography and breathtaking locations, The Life We lead is a moving telenovela that reveals how love can reunite families and even conquer the greatest hardships.


Actor Character
Fernanda Vasconcellos Ana Fonseca[3][4]
Marjorie Estiano Manuela Fonseca Macedo[3]
Rafael Cardoso Rodrigo Macedo[3][4]
Thiago Lacerda Dr. Lúcio Pires[3][4][5]
Ana Beatriz Nogueira Eva Fonseca[4][3]
Paulo Betti Jonas Macedo[3][4]
Regiane Alves Cristiane "Cris" Oliveira Macedo[6]
Nicette Bruno Iná Fonseca[7]
Stênio Garcia Laudelino[7]
Marcello Airoldi Cícero Moraes[8]
Daniela Escobar Suzana Ybarra Moraes[8]
Gisele Fróes Vitória Azevedo Prates[4][8][9]
Ângelo Antônio Marcos Prates[4][10]
Sthefany Brito Alice Ybarra Moraes[8]
Maria Eduarda Fernanda "Nanda" Macedo[4][11]
Malu Valle Vivian "Vivi" Mourão[4][6]
Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos Renato Nogueira Martins[12]
Jesuela Moro Júlia Fonseca (segunda fase)[13]
Malu Galli Dora[10]
Alice Wegmann Sofia Azevedo Prates[9]
Pietra Pan Bárbara[9]
Neusa Borges Maria[4]
Leonardo Medeiros Lourenço Luiz Macedo[4][14]
Leona Cavalli Dra. Celina Macedo[4][14]
Marcello Melo Jr. Mathias[4]
Júlia Almeida Lorena[4][15]
Rafael Almeida Miguel[4][16]
Cláudia Mello Moema[4]
Luiz Serra Seu Wilson[17]
Duda Mamberti Josias[4]
Rita Clemente Aurélia[17]
Tadeu di Pietro Cléber[4]
Marat Descartes Lui[4]
Anna Rita Cerqueira Olívia[4]
Vitor Navega Motta Francisco[4]
Kaic Crescente Tiago Oliveira Macedo[4]
Ana Petta Eliete
Jorge Coutinho  ?
Renatta Gomes Bia
Luís Otávio Moraes  ?
Dayse Pozzato  ?
Deborah Kalume Cleide
Isabel Lobo  ?
Renata Tobelem  ?
Clarissa Kiste  ?
Ricardo Martins Tennis professor

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated Result Ref.
2011 Quem Awards Best actress Ana Beatriz Nogueira Nominated [18]
Best supporting actress Marjorie Estiano Won [18]
Best of the Year (Domingão do Faustão) Best Child Actor or Actress Jesuela Moro Won [19]
Best of the Year (Caras) Best protagonist Marjorie Estiano Won [20][21]
Noveleiros Awards Best telenovela Lícia Manzo Won [22]
Contigo Awards Best telenovela Lícia Manzo Nominated [23]
Best Author Won [23]
Best Actress Ana Beatriz Nogueira Nominated [23]
Fernanda Vasconcellos Nominated [23]
Marjorie Estiano Nominated [23]
Best Actor Rafael Cardoso Nominated [23]
Thiago Lacerda Nominated [23]
Best supporting actress Gisele Fróes Nominated [23]
Nicette Bruno Nominated [23]
Regiane Alves Nominated [23]
Best supporting actor Stênio Garcia Nominated [23]
Best child actress Anna Rita Cerqueira Nominated [23]
Jesuela Moro Won [23]
Pietra Pan Nominated [23]
Best child actor Kaic Crescente Nominated [23]
Victor Navega Motta Nominated [23]
Best director Jayme Monjardim and Fabrício Mamberti Nominated [23]
2012 Extra Awards Best telenovela Lícia Manzo Nominated [24]
Best Actress Marjorie Estiano Nominated [24]
Best Child Actress Jesuela Moro Nominated [24]


Minha Novela (2011), Critic's Choice:[25][26]


‘The Life We Lead‘ won over audiences in Brazil and abroad. Licensed for 113 countries, the telenovela is the third largest sales success of TV Globo. In Uruguay (Teledoce), Costa Rica (Teletica) and Ecuador (Ecuavisa) the telenovela was leader in its timeslot. In Portugal, on the Basic Globo channel, the show was one of the most-watched programs on cable TV in the country. ‘The Life We Lead‘ also had its rights acquired by the channels Fox (the Netherlands), MundoFox (hispanic United States), TDM (Macau), VIVA Plus (Israel), Abu Dhabi TV, and ABS-CBN (the Philippines), among others.[27][28]


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  19. ^ "Melhores do Ano: Confira todos os vencedores das 14 edições do prêmio". Globo.com. GShow. 
  20. ^ "Marjorie Estiano, a Manu de A Vida da Gente, é a melhor mocinha de 2011". Globo.com. GShow. 
  21. ^ https://www.facebook.com/lavidasigue2013/photos/a.389375207841801.1073741850.373530992759556/623741411071845/?type=3&theater
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