Bibi Ferreira

Abigail Izquierdo Ferreira (1 June 1922 – 13 February 2019), known as Bibi Ferreira, was a Brazilian actress, singer, and director. In a career spanning more than 75 years, Ferreira directed and performed in numerous theatrical productions and was recognized as one of the great divas of Brazilian music.[1][2]

Bibi Ferreira
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Ferreira in 1968
Abigail Izquierdo Ferreira

(1922-06-01)1 June 1922
Died13 February 2019(2019-02-13) (aged 96)
Years active1941–2018
Paulo Pontes
(m. 1968; died 1976)

Early lifeEdit

Ferreira was born in Rio de Janeiro, the daughter of stage actor Procópio Ferreira and Argentine dancer Aida Izquierdo, born in Buenos Aires.[3] Her paternal grandparents came from Madeira Island, Portugal; her maternal grandparents, Antonio Izquierdo and Irma Queirola, were from Spain. She learned dance at Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro.[4]


Her father invited his daughter to join his company. She made her stage debut performing La Locandiera at Teatro Serrador in Rio de Janeiro, on 28 February 1941. She formed her own company three years later.[5] During this period, she began hosting several talk and variety television shows, giving new artists and playwrights the opportunity to present their work.[3]

In 1962, she was cast in the Brazilian production of My Fair Lady, which set a Brazilian record for its 2+12-year run. She then played leads in Hello Dolly and Man of La Mancha. In the 1970s, she began directing her own productions. Ferreira began performing in a musical about Édith Piaf in 1983, and toured the show through Europe.[5]

Ferreira was a prominent figure in the Brazilian entertainment industry. Her protégé, singer Maria Bethânia, said of Ferreira, "Everything she does has helped Brazil with its identity."[3] The French Government awarded her the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1985.[5] In 2016, Ferreira appeared in "Bibi Times Four", a one-woman show at Symphony Space in New York City.[3]

Later life and deathEdit

In 1968, Ferreira married Paulo Pontes, a playwright. In 1970, she performed in Gota D'Agua, a play Pontes wrote.[5] Pontes died in 1976.[6] Ferreira died in Rio de Janeiro on February 13, 2019 from a cardiac arrest.[7]


  1. ^ "Atriz Bibi Ferreira morre aos 96 anos no Rio". ISTOÉ Independente (in Portuguese). 13 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Corpo de Bibi Ferreira é velado no Teatro Municipal, no Rio". O Globo (in Portuguese). 14 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Gavin, James (19 September 2016). "Bibi Ferreira, Brazil's Grande Dame of the Stage, Can't Stop Singing Even at 94". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  4. ^ Junqueira, Christine (2006). "Biografia de Bibi Ferreira". Brasil Memória das Artes. Fundação Nacional de Artes. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d Arcos, Betto (9 November 2013). "Brazil's 91-Year-Old Leading Lady Still Shines". NPR. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  6. ^ Gouvêa, Hilton (7 October 2011). "Morte do dramaturgo Paulo Pontes completa 40 anos". A União (in Portuguese). Governo do Estado da Paraíba. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Bibi Ferreira, diva dos musicais brasileiros, morre aos 96 anos". G1. Rio de Janeiro: Globo. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.

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