Simone de Oliveira

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Simone de Oliveira
Eurovision Song Contest 1965 - Simone de Oliveira.jpg
Simone de Oliveira at Eurovision 1965
Background information
Birth nameSimone de Macedo e Oliveira
Born (1938-02-11) 11 February 1938 (age 81)
Lisbon, Portugal
Occupation(s)Singer and Actress

Simone de Macedo e Oliveira, GCIH (born 11 February 1938) better known as Simone de Oliveira is a Portuguese singer and actress. Simone was born and raised in Lisbon. Her Portuguese mother had black African roots in São Tomé and Príncipe (then a Portuguese territory), and her father was Belgian. She started singing in high school. She is a breast cancer survivor and had the sickness twice.[1]


She started her career at the end of the 1950s.

With "Sol de inverno" she represented Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 1965.

She became fairly famous in 1969 with the song "Desfolhada portuguesa", with lyrics by José Carlos Ary dos Santos and music by Nuno Nazareth Fernandes [pt]. This song was a great success in Portugal, having innovative lyrics during the time of the dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar. It represented Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 1969 in Madrid. Despite her popularity at home, it was not successful at the Eurovision, getting only 4 votes.

Eleven years later she was again selected by RTP to represent her country in the ninth edition of the OTI Festival (The Latin American counterpart of the Eurovision Song Contest). She performed the song "A tua espera" which got the 14th place with 9 points.

Other successful songs:

  • "Maria solidão"
  • "Deixa lá"
  • "À tua espera"

Selected filmography[edit]


  • A tragédia da Rua das Flores
  • Passa por mim no Rossio (a great success in Portugal)
  • Maldita cocaína.
  • A homage to the singer Madalena Iglésias in the musical play What happened to Madalena Iglésias (another success)
  • Alma Mahler-Werfel in Joshua Sobols play Alma (2003, directed by Paulus Manker) in Convento dos Inglesinhos in Lisbon.


Year Title Role Notes
1964 A Canção da Saudade Herself
1967 Operação diamante
1976 Cântico final
1982 A estrangeira [pt] Clara


She has participated in several Portuguese telenovelas:

Date Title Role Network Notes
1996 Roseira Brava [pt] Amélia Falcão RTP
1996/1997 Vidas de Sal [pt] Madalena Fragoso RTP
2001/2002 A Senhora das Águas [pt] Maria dos Prazeres RTP
2005/2006 Morangos com Açúcar Maria Antónia Mergulhão TVI
2006/2007 Tu e Eu [pt] Raquel Lemos Silva Reis TVI
2008 Vila Faia: 25 anos depois [pt] D. Efigénia Marques Vila RTP

In 1993, Simone was also a jury member in the first season of SIC contest Chuva de Estrelas [pt] (the Portuguese version of Stars in Their Eyes), which has uncovered new talents in Portuguese music.


  1. ^ she was on the Eurovision song contest in 1969 with all the bets houses betting that she would win the contents she would be placed 15th because of political reasons (Portugal at the time lived under a dictatorial regime bunder Salazar)[1]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
António Calvário
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Madalena Iglésias
with "Ele e ela"
Preceded by
Carlos Mendes
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Menina do alto da serra"
Preceded by
José Cid
with "Na cabana junto à praia"
Portugal in the OTI Festival
OTI Festival 1980
Succeeded by
José Cid
with "Uma lagrima"