Arlette Pinheiro Esteves Torres ONM (born October 16, 1929), better known by her stage name Fernanda Montenegro, is a Brazilian stage, television and film actress. Considered by many the greatest Brazilian actress of all time, she is often referred to as the great lady of Brazilian theater, cinema and dramaturgy. She is the only Brazilian yet nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She is also the only actress nominated for an Oscar for a performance in Portuguese language, being nominated for her work in Central Station (1998). In addition, she was the first Brazilian to win the International Emmy in the category of best actress by the performance in Doce de Mãe (2013).Among the numerous national and international awards she received in her more than sixty-year career, in 1999 she was awarded her country's highest civilian commendation, the National Order of Merit, "in recognition of her outstanding work in the Brazilian performing arts", delivered by then-president Fernando Henrique Cardoso. In addition to having been awarded the Molière Prize five times, Fernanda Montenegro is a three-time recipient of the Governor Award of the State of São Paulo, and also won the Silver Bear at the 48th Berlin Festival in 1998 for her performance as "Dora" in Central Station by Walter Salles, a role which earned her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Film in 1999, among other distinctions. In television, she was the first actress contracted by Tupi TV, in 1951, where she starred in teletheater shows under the direction of Fernando Torres, Sérgio Britto and Flávio Rangel. She made her debut in soap operas in 1954 with A Muralha on RecordTV, where she appeared in other productions as well. She has done work in the majority of Brazil's main broadcasters, such as Band TV, Cultura TV, RecordTV e Globo TV (where she remains since 1981), in addition to the extinct TV Excelsior, TV Rio and TV Tupi.In 2013, she was voted the 15th most influential celebrity in Brazil by Forbes magazine. During the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Fernanda read the poem "A Flor e a Náusea", by Carlos Drummond de Andrade, dubbed in English by Judi Dench.
She is also known as Arlette Pinheiro Esteves Silva.