Rosa Lobato de Faria
Rosa Lobato de Faria (20 April 1932 in Lisbon, Portugal – 2 February 2010 in Lisbon) was a Portuguese actress and writer whose career encompassed a variety of media including acting, scriptwriting, literature (novels and poetry) and songwriting.
Born as Rosa Maria de Bettencourt Rodrigues Lobato de Faria, she was a respected figure in Portuguese cultural circles. She was married twice. Her first marriage, which produced three children, ended in divorce.
Lobato de Faria came to acting relatively late, with her first major credit in a 1982 TV series Vila Faia, which ran for 100 episodes. Between then and her last role in Aqui Não Há Quem Viva (2006–2008), she appeared in leading roles in many other television series including Humor de Perdição (1987), Nem o Pai Morre Nem a Gente Almoça (1990), Crónica do Tempo (1992), A Minha Sogra É uma Bruxa (2002), Só Gosto De Ti (2004) and Ninguém Como Tu (2005). She played in a variety of genres from straight drama to crime/thriller serials and comedy. Although her career was mainly television-based, she also appeared in a handful of films such as Paisagem Sem Barcos (1983) and O Vestido Cor de Fogo (1986).
Between 1988 and 1995 Lobato de Faria was a prolific scriptwriter for TV serials and telenovelas, being involved with twelve different programmes. She ceased her activity in this area when she turned to literature as her main form of creative expression.
- 1996 : Sur un air de mambo (TV Movie)
Lobato de Faria published her first novel "Os Pássaros de Seda" in 1995. This was followed by eleven further titles, including "O Prenúncio das Águas", which won Portugal's Prémio Máxima de Literatura award in 2000. Lobato de Faria published three children's stories, and also wrote poetry, with her work in that field collected in a 1997 volume "Poemas Escolhidos e Dispersos"
Lobato de Faria was the lyricist for four Portuguese Eurovision Song Contest entries: "Amor d'água fresca" (1992), "Chamar a música" (1994), "Baunilha e chocolate" (1995) and "Antes do adeus" (1997).
Lobato de Faria died in hospital in Lisbon, aged 77, on 2 February 2010, from complications of anaemia.
Tributes paid to Lobato de Faria by notables such as Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva, Culture Minister Gabriela Canavilhas, and colleagues from the fields of television and literature recognised her contribution to Portuguese culture. Canavilhas said Lobato de Faria left a "legacy which is testament to her creativity and great sensibility and which will stand as an inspiration for future generations" while Luís Andrade, a former programme director for national broadcasting channel RTP, described her as "a great writer and a great actress. Portugal...is much the poorer for her unexpected death."
- Poemas Escolhidos e Dispersos, Rosa Lobato de Faria, Lisboa, Roma Editora, 1997.