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Maria de Medeiros

Maria de Medeiros at the Cannes Film Festival
Born Maria de Medeiros Esteves Vitorino de Almeida
August 19, 1965 (1965-08-19) (age 44)
Lisbon, Portugal
Occupation Actress/Director
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Agustí Camps

Maria de Medeiros Esteves Vitorino de Almeida, DamSE (born August 19, 1965), better known simply as Maria de Medeiros (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐˈɾiɐ dɨ mɨˈdɐiɾuʃ]), is a Portuguese actress and director who has been involved in both European and American film productions.


Life and career

Maria de Medeiros was born in Lisbon, Portugal, the daughter of musician and composer António Vitorino de Almeida. She played her first part on screen at the age of 15. At the age of 18, she settled to France to pursue her acting studies and was a student at the CNSAD. Maria de Medeiros speaks French fluently without accent, and has been able to act extensively on stage and on screen in French productions.

Among Medeiros' most memorable film appearances are three early 1990s roles. Her considerable resemblance to Anaïs Nin landed her the primary role in Henry & June (1990) in which she played the author. In 1990, she played the role of Maria in Ken McMullen's film about the rise of the Paris Commune 1871 and, in 1994, Medeiros appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, playing Butch Coolidge's (Bruce Willis) girlfriend Fabienne.

In 2000 she directed the film April Captains about the 1974 Carnation Revolution in Portugal. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

In 2003, she appeared as a hairdresser in the movie My Life Without Me starring Sarah Polley.

She has starred in the Canadian movie The Saddest Music in the World (2004) directed by Guy Maddin, costarring with Isabella Rossellini and Mark McKinney.

In 2007, she released an album, A Little More Blue, in which she performs songs by Brazilian musicians, including Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins and Dolores Duran. On the album, she sings in French ("Joana Francesa" by Chico Buarque), Portuguese and English ("A Little More Blue" by Caetano Veloso). On February 23, 2010 her second recording is released, Peninsulas & Continentes.

Medeiros was on the front cover of issue two of London fanzine "The Freaky Jason". In 2008, de Medeiros was nominated UNESCO Artist for peace

In 2009 she sung These Boots Are Made for Walkin' in The Legendary Tigerman' CD, Femina.

Selected filmography


  • Sévérine C. (1987)
  • Fragmento II (1988)
  • A Morte do Príncipe (1991)
  • Capitães de Abril (2000)
  • Mathilde au matin (2004)
  • Je t'aime moi non plus (2004)



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