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Maria De Medeiros

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Lisbon, Portugal

Maria de Medeiros (born August 19, 1965 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese actress, director and singer who has been involved in both European and American film productions.

Maria de Medeiros was born into a family of intellectuals. Her mother is a journalist, her father a pianist, composer, conductor and music historian.

She spent her childhood in Vienna, in Austria, and then followed her parents to Lisbon, after the “Carnation Revolution” in 1974. Both in Austria and in Portugal she went to the French School.

At fifteen, she performed her first leading role in a movie, Silvestre, by João César Monteiro. Still a teenager, she started to act in classical theatre plays, directed by Philippe Fridman.

At eighteen, she moved by herself to Paris where she started to study philosophy before she entered a National Theatre School (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre).
Two years later, she became a pupil at the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique de Paris. She studied with Michel Bouquet and Jean-Pierre Vincent. Simultaneously, she played Elvire, Jouvet 40, directed by Brigitte Jaques at the Athénée Theatre. This play was performed in Paris for three years and was shown in many countries all over the world.

Later, Maria acted in numerous plays and films both in France and abroad. She played Corneille, Lorca, Mairet and Calderón, with directors such as Brigitte Jaques, Jorge Lavelli, Jean-Marie Villégier and José Luis Gomez, in important National Theatres like Chaillot, Théâtre de la Colline and Théâtre de l’Odéon.

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