Simone de Oliveira
Simone de Macedo e Oliveira, GCIH (born 11 February 1938) better known as Simone de Oliveira is a Portuguese singer and actress. She performed the Portuguese entries at the 1965 and 1969 editions of the Eurovision song contest.
Simone de Oliveira
|Birth name||Simone de Macedo e Oliveira|
|Born||11 February 1938|
Early life and careerEdit
Simone de Oliveira was born and raised in Lisbon. Her Portuguese mother had black African roots in São Tomé and Príncipe (then a Portuguese territory), and her father was Belgian. She started singing in high school.
She started her career at the end of the 1950s.
She became fairly famous in 1969 with the song "Desfolhada portuguesa", with lyrics by José Carlos Ary dos Santos and music by Nuno Nazareth Fernandes. This song was a great success in Portugal, having innovative lyrics during the time of the dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar. It represented Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 1969 in Madrid. Despite her popularity at home, it was not successful at the Eurovision, getting only 4 votes.
Eleven years later she was again selected by RTP to represent her country in the ninth edition of the OTI Festival (The Latin American counterpart of the Eurovision Song Contest). She performed the song "A tua espera" which got the 14th place with 9 points.
Other successful songs:
- "Maria solidão"
- "Deixa lá"
- "À tua espera"
- A tragédia da Rua das Flores
- Passa por mim no Rossio (a great success in Portugal)
- Maldita cocaína.
- A homage to the singer Madalena Iglésias in the musical play What happened to Madalena Iglésias (another success)
- Alma Mahler-Werfel in Joshua Sobols play Alma (2003, directed by Paulus Manker) in Convento dos Inglesinhos in Lisbon.
|1964||A Canção da Saudade||Herself|
She has participated in several Portuguese telenovelas:
|1996||Roseira Brava||Amélia Falcão||RTP|
|1996/1997||Vidas de Sal||Madalena Fragoso||RTP|
|2001/2002||A Senhora das Águas||Maria dos Prazeres||RTP|
|2005/2006||Morangos com Açúcar||Maria Antónia Mergulhão||TVI|
|2006/2007||Tu e Eu||Raquel Lemos Silva Reis||TVI|
|2008||Vila Faia: 25 anos depois||D. Efigénia Marques Vila||RTP|
Simone is a breast cancer survivor and had the sickness twice.