Maitê Proença

Maitê Proença Gallo (born 28 January 1958) is a Brazilian actress, television presenter and writer.[1]

Maitê Proença
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Maitê Proença Gallo

(1958-01-28) 28 January 1958 (age 64)
  • Actress
  • television presenter
  • writer
Years active1979–present


Maitê Proença was born in São Paulo, Brazil. Her mother was Margot Proença, a philosophy and music teacher who died when Maitê was 12, killed by her father. Her father was Eduardo Gallo (died in 1989). She has a younger brother, René Augusto Proença Gallo, born in 1963. She is of Portuguese descent; both of her grandfathers were Portuguese.[2]

As a child, Proença studied in an American school and spoke fluent English, as well as French, Spanish, and Italian. She attended the undergraduate psychology programme at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo and the University of São Paulo, where she studied journalism. Proença also attended a number of courses at the Sorbonne at the end of the 1970s, while living in France. Between 1977 and 1979 she traveled around the world to Europe, Asia, and Africa. She has maintained this habit, traveling to more than 70 countries.

In 1979, Proença had a serious car accident. She underwent two surgical operations and was bedridden for almost a year.


Proença has worked on Brazilian telenovelas, films and plays. Her role in the telenovela Dona Beija was her first major TV success in Brazil, Portugal and some 50 other countries where it was shown.

Proença has written two books. Her first book, Entre ossos e a escrita, published in 2005, contained the best of her essays. The second book, Uma Vida Inventada, sold 100,000 copies in Brazil and was exported to Portugal. She has also written two plays one of which, As Meninas, won her several prizes. She has a column in the Brazilian magazine Época.

Proença has been a TV host for Video Show (1983), Programa de Domingo (1987) and Saia Justa (2006/2007). In 2006, Proença wrote her first theater play, Achadas e Perdidas. In 2002, she made her debut as a theater producer with the play Buda.

In 2009, due to controversial remarks on the Brazilian TV show Saia Justa, Proença prompted public outrage in Portugal and was accused of being Lusophobic, though she has since affirmed numerous times her love for Portugal. She has since denied the accusation and recorded several apologies, as well as issuing one on her official blog. Proença emphasized that despite the misunderstanding, she is of recent Portuguese ancestry and likes Portugal and the Portuguese. For about a week, the affair was discussed or reported on several Portuguese television networks and major newspapers.

Personal lifeEdit

Proença released a book in 2008 entitled "An Invented Life", which reveals that at age 16, living in Paris, she had her first boyfriend, a Frenchman who was a few years older. Through carelessness, she became pregnant by him. After several fights, and various comings and goings, he decided that he would not support her, and abandoned her, pregnant. Without the emotional means to have a child, she went to a clinic in the area where she had an abortion and a quiet recovery. She revealed in interviews that she was sure of what she was doing at the time, not regretting the act, stating that women need to have the freedom to deal with their lives, with their own bodies.[3][4] Over time, she had several boyfriends.

In 1982, having lived back in Brazil for a few years, Proença decided to live with her fiancé, Paulo Marinho,[5] Odile Rubirosa's ex-husband,[6] with whom she lived for 12 years and had her only daughter, Maria, born in October 1990.[7][8] In 1995, she had a brief affair with cast member Victor Fasano. From 1996 to 2000 she lived with her boyfriend, Edgar Moura.[9] From 2004 to 2007, she had a relationship with press officer Rodrigo Paiva.[9] Later she briefly dated the Carioca entrepreneur Toninho Dias Leite and the Portuguese writer Miguel Sousa Tavares, as well as the businessman Alexandre Colombo, with whom she was with for two years, ending in 2011.[10][11]

In spite of her relationship with Edgar Moura, with whom she lived for 4 years, and with Paulo Marinho, with whom she lived for 12 years,[5] where on her personal website Paulo is described as "husband",[12] Proença was never officially married with either one of them, to avoid losing the pension paid by SPPREV - São Paulo Previdência, which according to data from 2013, published by Época at the time was disclosed as being about R$13,000. Proença had been receiving this since 1989, the year of her father's death by suicide; her father was a prosecutor. In 2008 the value reached R$21,500.[13][14] This pension is the result of complementary law 180/1978, which provides: "The pension attributed to the incapable or invalid shall be due for the duration of incapacity or invalidity and the unmarried daughter until marriage."[15] According to the report, to keep the pension, it is common practice for many women to hold a religious marriage, live with a husband and even have children, but not officially register the relationship.[14]

In November 2021, Maitê announced relationship with Adriana Calcanhotto.[16][17]



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Dinheiro Vivo Joana
1980 As Três Marias Maria da Glória (Glória)
1981 Jogo da Vida Carla Barros
1982 Sítio do Picapau Amarelo Belle Episode: "Beauty and the Beast"
Elas por Elas Woman idealized by Yeda Support cast
1983 Vídeo Show Presenter
Quarta Nobre Eliana Episode: "Mandrake"
Guerra dos Sexos Juliana de Alcântara Pereira Barreto
1984 Marquesa de Santos Domitila de Castro, Marchioness of Santos
1985 Um Sonho a Mais Valéria Moura Góes
1986 Dona Beija Ana Jacinta de São José (Dona Beija)
1987 Corpo Santo Adriana Ferreira
Sassaricando Camila Abdalla Varella
Diálogo Presenter 1987–88
Programa de Domingo 1987–89
1989 O Salvador da Pátria Clotilde Ribeiro
1991 O Sorriso do Lagarto Ana Clara
Felicidade Helena Sousa
1993 Contos de Verão Pâmela Jordão
Você Decide Episode: "Máscara Negra"
1994 Episode: "A Viúva Negra"
Confissões de Adolescente Vivian Episode: "Bárbara Vai a Luta"
1995 Cara & Coroa Heloísa Souto Brandão
1996 Você Decide Episode: "O Fã"
A Vida como Ela É... Various characters
1997 Sai de Baixo Patrícia Renta Episode: "Bonitinho, Mais Ordinário"
1998 Torre de Babel Clara Soares
1999 Mulher Episode: "Perdas e Danos"
Vila Madalena Eugênia Junqueira
2001 Estrela-Guia Kalinda
2002 Brava Gente Betina Episode: "O Enterro da Cafetina"
2003 Malhação Daniela Correia Amorim Season 10
2004 Da Cor do Pecado Vera Campos Sodré (Verinha)
2005 A Lua Me Disse Regina Episodes: "April 18–30, 2005"
2006 A Diarista Regiana Episode: "Saia Injusta"
Saia Justa Presenter 2006–10
2008 Faça Sua História Bebete Episode: "O Califa de Copacabana"
Três Irmãs Walquíria Pascolli
2009 Caminho das Índias Fernanda Estavanato (Nanda)
2010 Passione Stella Gouveia
2012 Gabriela Dona Sinházinha Guedes Mendonça
Guerra dos Sexos Madonna Episodes: "October 27–30, 2012"[18]
2014 Extra Ordinários Apresentadora 2014–15
2015 Alto Astral Catarina Santana (Kitty)
2016 Tá no Ar: a TV na TV Helena Episode: "February 2, 2016"[19][20]
Liberdade, Liberdade Dionísia Raposo Viegas Manttini
2017 Me Chama de Bruna Miranda[21]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Maitêndo Fundo Herself Short for the channel Porta dos Fundos)[22]
2016 A Lenda do Mão de Luva Dionísia Gshow Webseries


Year Title Role Notes
1979 O Eterno Adeus
1980 Prova de Fogo Sandra
1983 História Passional
1986 Sexo Frágil Ana
1987 Brasa Adormecida Bebel
1988 The Lady from the Shanghai Cinema Suzana
1989 Kuarup Maureen
Solidão, Uma Linda História de Amor
1990 Beijo 2348/72 Catarina
1995 16060 Eleanor
1998 Vox Populi Short film
A Hora Mágica Susana / Lyla
Paixão Perdida Anna Rondi
2000 Tolerance Márcia
2001 Bufo & Spallanzani Delfina Delamare
A Partilha Herself Cameo
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Helga Brazilian voice dubbing
2002 The Forest Dona Yayá
2004 Viva Sapato! Caroline
2005 Jogo Subterrâneo Mercedes
Sal de Prata Estrela de Cinema
2007 Barros Rafaela Dantas Short film
2008 Onde Andará Dulce Veiga? Dulce Veiga
2010 Elvis & Madona Soraya
2012 Primeiro Dia de um Ano Qualquer Consuelo Castilhos[23]
2015 A Natureza está Falando Water Dubbing
2016 My Hindu Friend Débora
2017 Bio Doctor
Sinopse Short film[24]


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Mentiras Alucinantes de Um Casal Feliz
1988 As Guerreiras do Amor
1988 La Malasangre
1989 Na Sauna
1994 História de Nova York - Dorothy Parker
Confissões das Mulheres de 30 1994–95
2000 Isabel Princess Isabel 2000–01
2002 Paixão de Cristo da Nova Jerusalém Mary
Com a Pulga Atrás da Orelha Madame Chandebise 2002–03
2005 Achadas e Perdidas 18 characters 2005–07
2009 As Meninas
2013 À Beira do Abismo Me Cresceram Asas[25] Teresinha[26]
2017 A Esposa Ideal Alice 2017–18


  1. ^ Beattie, Peter M. (2010-03-01). 'ReCapricorning' the Atlantic: Special Issue of Luso-Brazilian Review 45:1 (2008) (in Portuguese). Univ of Wisconsin Press. pp. 148–. ISBN 9780299237837. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  2. ^ Maitê Proença escreve carta pedindo desculpas aos portugueses [Terra], October 14, 2009.
  3. ^ "Maitê Proença - Biografia". Archived from the original on 2018-07-16. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  4. ^ "Em 2015, mais de 500 mil brasileiras fizeram aborto; conheça as celebridades que já realizaram o procedimento". 5 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Parabéns, Maitê!". Quem. January 25, 2012. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Maitê chegou lá". Isto é. August 22, 1984. Archived from the original on January 4, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "Maitê Proença: Edição e humor no terceiro livro". Caras. May 16, 2013. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  8. ^ ""Não tenho vocação artística", diz filha de Maitê Proença". Uol. May 7, 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Maitê Proença encontra os ex no Leblon". Isto é Gente. February 26, 2008.
  10. ^ "Maitê Proença termina relacionamento com Alexandre Colombo". Contigo. February 15, 2011. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "Biografia Completa de Maitê Proença". Ig. Archived from the original on July 16, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  12. ^ "Vida » Vida e obra » 1980". Archived from the original on 2016-05-24. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  13. ^ "Maitê Proença não consegue na Justiça furar teto de pensão".
  14. ^ a b "As filhas de servidores que ficam solteiras para ter direito a pensão do Estado - ÉPOCA - Vida". Época. December 26, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  15. ^ "Lei Complementar nº 180, de 12 de maio de 1978 - Assembleia Legislativa do Estado de São Paulo". Assembleia Legislativa de São Paulo. Archived from the original on 2016-05-24. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  16. ^ "Maitê Proença fala de relacionamento com Calcanhotto: 'Adriana é adorável, única'". Extra Online (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2021-11-04. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  17. ^ "Maitê Proença comenta pela primeira vez romance com Adriana Calcanhotto". Universo Online (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  18. ^ "Cinco superatrizes chegam em Guerra dos Sexos para enlouquecer Edson Celulari".
  19. ^ "Ex-Casseta insiste em continuar sendo sem graça" (in Portuguese). R7.
  20. ^ "Histórico! "Tá no Ar" promove encontro de todas as Helenas de Manoel Carlos". Gsow.
  21. ^ "Longe da Globo, Maitê Proença vive lésbica em série brasileira da Fox". Observatório de Televisão. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  22. ^ "Maitê Proença protagonizou o episódio 'Maitêndo Fundo', do 'Porta dos Fundos'. O vídeo já tem mais de 5 milhões de exibições..." (in Portuguese). Pure People.
  23. ^ "Maitê Proença empresta sua casa para filme repleto de afeto de Domingos Oliveira". BOL. October 1, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  24. ^ "Maitê Proença estrela 'Sinopse', curta-metragem juiz-forano" (in Portuguese). Tribuna de Minas. 7 August 2017. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  25. ^ "À Beira do Abismo me Cresceram Asas - Maitê Proença assina, dirige e atua em espetáculo". Globo Teatro (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on August 8, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  26. ^ "Crítica: No fim do túnel da vida, Maitê Proença cria asas e ensina a voar em espetáculo comovente". R7 (in Portuguese). June 26, 2013. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.

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