Dulce Figueiredo

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Dulce Maria Figueiredo
Dulce Maria de Guimarães Castro Figueiredo.tif
First Lady of Brazil
In role
March 15, 1979 – March 14, 1985
PresidentJoão Figueiredo
Preceded byLucy Geisel
Succeeded byMarly Sarney
Personal details
Dulce Maria de Guimarães

(1928-05-11)May 11, 1928
Franco da Rocha, Brazil
DiedJune 6, 2011(2011-06-06) (aged 83)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cause of deathCancer
Resting placeCaju Cemetery
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
João Figueiredo
(m. 1942; died 1999)

Dulce Maria de Guimarães Figueiredo (May 11, 1928 – June 6, 2011) was the wife of former Brazilian president João Figueiredo and thus the First Lady of Brazil from 1979 to 1985.

After the death of her husband in December 1999, Dulce began to face financial difficulties. In March 2001, she organized an auction to sell items her late husband had received while he ruled the country and received criticism from the press. Among the 218 objects auctioned were a bronze cowboy sculpture by Ronald Reagan; two paintings by Di Cavalcanti; a Portuguese statue of Roque de Montpellier presented by Antonio Carlos Magalhães; an inkwell brought by King Juan Carlos of Spain; a silver tray offered by Augusto Pinochet; and a box of cigars given by Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. About one million reais were collected, and approximately 82% of this amount went to Dulce Figueiredo, who, as a general's widow, received a pension of 8,865 reais.

A widow since 1999, she died June 6, 2011 at a clinic in Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro aged 83. Her body was buried in the mausoleum of the Figueiredos, in the Caju Cemetery.[1][2]


Honorary titles
Preceded by
Lucy Geisel
First Lady of Brazil
Succeeded by
Marly Sarney