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Vera Nunes

Brazilian actress (1928-2021)

Vera Nunes is ...


Born 12 August 1928 in Rio de Janeiro
Died 2 February 2021 in Campinas
Age 92 years, 6 months

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship Brazil
Occupation actor and film actor

About Vera Nunes

Vera Nunes, the Brazilian actress known for her captivating performances on stage and screen, passed away on January 7, 2021, at the age of 92. Born on August 12, 1928, in Rio de Janeiro, Nunes began her career in the 1950s, quickly establishing herself as one of Brazil's most talented actresses.

Nunes made her film debut in 1951 in the drama "A Vida é um Carnaval," and went on to appear in over 40 films throughout her career. She was known for her versatility, playing a wide range of characters in films such as "O Cangaceiro" (1953), "Rio 40 Graus" (1955), and "Terra em Transe" (1967).

In addition to her film work, Nunes was also a celebrated stage actress, appearing in numerous productions throughout Brazil. She was particularly renowned for her performances in plays by Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues, including "Vestido de Noiva" and "Álbum de Família."

Nunes was also a trailblazer for women in the Brazilian film industry, often playing strong, independent characters that challenged traditional gender roles. In a 2018 interview with Brazilian newspaper O Globo, Nunes reflected on her career, saying, "I always fought for the roles I wanted to play. I never accepted the idea that women should only play certain types of characters."

Nunes received numerous accolades throughout her career, including the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953 for her role in "O Cangaceiro." She was also awarded the Order of Cultural Merit by the Brazilian government in 2008.

Despite her success, Nunes remained humble and dedicated to her craft throughout her life. In the same 2018 interview with O Globo, she said, "I always tried to do my best, to give my all in every role. That's what I love about acting – the challenge of becoming someone else."

Nunes will be remembered as one of Brazil's greatest actresses, a true icon of the country's film and theater industries. Her legacy will continue to inspire generations of actors and actresses to come.


- "Brazilian actress Vera Nunes dies at 92," The Rio Times, January 8, 2021.

- "Vera Nunes, a diva of Brazilian cinema," O Globo, August 12, 2018.


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