Patrícia Pillar

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Patrícia Pillar
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Patrícia Gadelha Pillar

(1964-01-11) January 11, 1964 (age 55)
Brasília, DF, Brazil
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Zé Renato (1985–1995)
Ciro Gomes (1998–2011)

Patrícia Gadelha Pillar (born January 11, 1964) is a Brazilian television, stage and film actress.


Pillar was born in Brasília, Distrito Federal to Nuno Pillar and Lucy Gadelha. She was born only three months before the 1964 Brazilian coup d'état and due to her faher's occupation as a Navy officer, she lived in various places of Brazil, such as Vitória, Espírito Santo and Santos, São Paulo prior to settling in Rio de Janeiro at 14. Pillar always wanted to be an actress, so she started working while in high school in order to pay for her acting lessons.

At 16, she became a photographic model. She studied journalism but gave it up to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. She joined the theatre group Asdrúbal Trouxe o Trombone alongside Regina Casé, before getting her first film role in Para Viver um Grande Amor, alongside singer Djavan. That role granted her a part in the famous 1985 Rede Globo telenovela Roque Santeiro, created by Dias Gomes. Ever since, she has starred in twelve other Globo telenovelas. She has also starred in eleven feature films, including the 1995 Academy Award-nominated O Quatrilho, alongside Glória Pires.

In 2005, Pillar debuted as director. Her first film was a documentary about the Brazilian singer Waldick Soriano and it was titled Waldick - Sempre No Meu Coração (which means, in Portuguese, Waldick - Always In My Heart).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Patrícia Pillar was married to the politician Ciro Gomes from the Brazilian Socialist Party. They started dating when Gomes was still legally married to Patrícia Saboya, current Senator from Ceará, causing controversy in the media.

In 2002, Pillar played an important role in Gomes' presidential campaign, although she was recovering from breast cancer. Prior to that, she was married to MPB singer-songwriter Zé Renato from 1985-95.


  • 2007 - Pequenas Histórias as Iara
  • 2006 - Zuzu Angel as Zuzu Angel
  • 2006 - Se Eu Fosse Você as Dr. Cris
  • 2004 - O Casamento de Iara (short subject)
  • 1998 - Amor & Cia as Ludovina
  • 1996 - O Noviço Rebeldeas Maria do Céu
  • 1995 - O Quatrilho as Teresa
  • 1995 - O Monge e a Filha do Carrasco as Amula
  • 1994 - Menino Maluquinho - O filme as the mother
  • 1992 - A Maldição do Sanpaku as Cris
  • 1988 - Festa as snooker player
  • 1983 - Para viver um grande amor

Television roles[edit]



  1. ^ "Documentary about Waldick Soriano" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Patrícia Pillar estréia "A Prova" em Londrina" (in Portuguese). Terra Networks. Retrieved 9 September 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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