Marília Pêra (22 January 1943 – 5 December 2015) was a Brazilian actress.[1][2] Hailed as "one of the decade's [1980s] ten best actresses" by Pauline Kael, Pêra won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress in 1982 for her role in Hector Babenco's acclaimed Pixote, and received Best Actress awards at the Gramado Film Festival (Triple Award Winner) and at the Cartegena Film Festival for Carlos Diegues' Better Days Ahead. Other films include Bar Esperança, Angels of the Night and Diegues' Tieta do Agreste.[3]

Marília Pêra
Marília Pêra, 2012.jpg
Born(1943-01-22)22 January 1943
Died5 December 2015(2015-12-05) (aged 72)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Years active1965–2015


Marília Soares Pêra (Marilia Pera da Graça Mello, after she married), was born on January 22, 1943 in the neighborhood of Rio Comprido, in Rio de Janeiro.

From 14 to 21 years, works as a dancer in musicals and revue as Minha Querida Lady (1962), starring Bibi Ferreira, and O Teu Cabelo Não Nega (1963) biography of Lamartine Babo, as Carmen Miranda - role that would repeat a few times in her career.[4] Her father Manoel Pear enrolled her in a classical ballet school and took her to the television, to dance. Perâ participated in programs such as Espetáculos Tonelux, Grande Teatro Tupi, Grande Teatro da Imperatriz das Sedas, Teatrinho Troll and Câmera Um. In 1959, she left school to marry the actor Paulo Graça Mello. At 18, in 1961, she toured Brazil and Portugal with the play Henry Pongetti's Society em Baby-Doll. A year later, starred in the musical Como Vencer na Vida sem Fazer Força alongside Procópio Ferreira, Moacyr Franco and Berta Loran.

Career in televisionEdit

In 1965, Pêra was hired by director Abdon Torres to join the cast that would usher in the Rede Globo, and starred in the telenovelas Rosinha do Sobrado and Padre Tião, both written by Moses Weltman. Also acted in A Moreninha, an adaptation of novel's Joaquim Manuel de Macedo written by Graça Mello, who was director of the station. Pêra also participated in the cast of Beto Rockfeller (1968), written by Bráulio Pedroso, on TV Tupi, the soap opera is considered a landmark of Brazilian television, for his modern language and urban ambiance. Pêra was invited by director Daniel Filho to return to the Globo in 1971, to interpret Shirley Sexy in O Cafona, character that gave him great popularity. Soon after, she played the taxi driver Noeli in Bandeira 2, written by Dias Gomes. The following year, she it was Serafina Rosa Petrone in Uma Rosa com Amor's Vicente Sesso, opposite Paul Goulart. Then she played the main character of the novel Supermanoela (1974), written by Walther Negrão.

Marília Pêra, 1970.

In 1982, Pear played the character Alice in Quem Ama não Mata, written by Euclydes Marinho. The miniseries caused strong impact because of the realistic direction of Daniel Filho, and interpretations of the actress and Cláudio Marzo, and the approach of a controversial issue, the crime of passion. After 13 years, Pear returned to work in telenovelas on TV Globo, as Rafaela Alvaray in Brega & Chique, soap opera displayed in 1987, written by Cassiano Gabus Mendes. In the miniseries O Primo Basílio (1988), an adaptation of Gilberto Braga and Leonor Brassères of Eça de Queiroz's novel, Pêra played the villain Juliana, another remarkable character.

Pêra worked on two telenovelas by Ricardo Linhares: Lua Cheia de Amor (1991), co-written by Ana Maria Moretzsohn and Maria Carmen Barbosa, and Meu Bem Querer (1998). In Band, starred in O Campeão (1982), another novel Linhares, and the headline in Mandacaru (1997), written by Carlos Alberto Ratton. In 2001, Pêra participated of the cast in the miniseries Os Maia, an adaptation Eça de Queiroz's novel.

The actress was part of casts of the telenovelas Começar de Novo in 2004; Cobras & Lagartos, in 2006; Duas Caras in 2007.[5] Her last work at the broadcaster was the TV show Pé na Cova [One foot in the grave, in an unofficial translation], aired since 2013.

Film careerEdit

Internationally, Marília Pêra is best known for her performance in Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (1980), where she portrayed the character Sueli. In 1982 she became the first South American ever honored in North America with a Best Actress Prize awarded by the National Society of Film Critics Awards. The film itself was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Golden Globe, but lost to that year's eventual Best Picture Oscar winner, Hugh Hudson's Chariots of Fire.[6] Vincent Canby wrote for The New York Times in relation to the film: “The performances are almost too good to be true, but Mr. Da Silva and Miss Pera are splendid.”[7] A former street kid, Fernando Ramos da Silva returned to the streets a few years after Pixote was released. He was killed by police – following an alleged shootout – at age 19 on Aug. 25, 1987.[8]

Highlights of her movie career include Hugo Carvana's Bar Esperança (1983), in a comic performance as a temperamental soap opera star. Other films include: Central do Brasil (1998) and Jogo de Cena (2007). Her last film work was in Polaroides Urbanas in 2008.[9]


Pêra died at her apartment in Rio de Janeiro from lung cancer at the age of 72.[10]


Year Organisation Category Work Country Result
1982 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress
  United States Won
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress
  United States Won
1983 Gramado Film Festival Best Actress
Bar Esperança
  Brazil Won
Associação Paulista de Críticos de Artes Best Actress
Quem Ama Não Mata
  Brazil Won
1984 Best Actress
Bar Esperança
  Brazil Won
1987 Gramado Film Festival Best Actress
Anjos da Noite
  Brazil Won
1988 Troféu Imprensa Best Actress
Brega & Chique
  Brazil Won
Associação Paulista de Críticos de Artes Best Actress   Brazil Won
1991 Cartagena Film Festival Best Actress
Dias Melhores Virão
  Colombia Won
Associação Paulista dos Críticos de Artes Best Actress   Brazil Won
1997 Associação Paulista dos Críticos de Artes Best Supporting Actress
Tieta do Agreste
  Brazil Won
2000 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize Best Actress
O Viajante
  Brazil Won
2001 Prêmio Qualidade Brasil Best Actress in a Special Project
Os Maias
  Brazil Nominated
2005 Prêmio Contigo! de TV Best Supporting Actress
Começar de Novo
  Brazil Nominated
2006 Prêmio Qualidade Brasil Best Actress in Television
JK [pt]
  Brazil Nominated
2007 Miami Brazilian Film Festival Best Actress
Polaróides Urbanas
  United States Won
Prêmio Contigo! de TV Best Supporting Actress
Cobras & Lagartos
  Brazil Nominated
2008 Prêmio Contigo! de Cinema Best Actress
Polaróides Urbanas
  Brazil Nominated
Prêmio Contigo! de TV Best Supporting Actress
Duas Caras
  Brazil Won




Series and Mini-SeriesEdit


  1. ^ "Morre a atriz Marília Pêra, aos 72 anos". O Globo. 5 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  2. ^ Biografia Itaú Cultural
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed 11 December 2014.
  4. ^ Actress Marília Pêra dies in Rio
  5. ^ Teatro, TV e cinema brasileiros perdem Marília Pêra, aos 72 anos
  6. ^ Corujão: 'Pixote - A Lei do Mais Fraco' mostra a visão de menor abandonado
  8. ^ Fernando Ramos da Silva, 19, Star of Brazil's 'Pixote,' Dies
  9. ^ Morre a atriz Marília Pêra
  10. ^ Morre a atriz Marília Pêra, aos 72 anos (in Portuguese)

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