Famous Portuguese Women

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Daniela Ruah
(Actress and Director Known for Her Role as ‘Kensi Blye’ in TV Series ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’)
Daniela Ruah
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Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Portuguese-American actress, Daniela Rua,h is best known for her role in the TV series, NCIS: Los Angeles. She began acting as a teenager and went on to study performing arts at the London Metropolitan University. She then trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute before commencing her professional career. She works in both Portuguese and American films.

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Daniela Melchior
(Actress)
Daniela Melchior
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Birthdate: November 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Almada, Portugal
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Sara Sampaio
(Portuguese Model, Best Known for Being a Victoria's Secret Angel)
Sara Sampaio
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Birthdate: July 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Porto, Portugal

Sara Sampaio is a Portuguese actress and model renowned for her work as a Victoria's Secret Angel. One of the most popular Portuguese models of her generation, Sampaio has been honored with Portuguese Golden Globes under the Best Female Model category on several occasions. In 2014, she became the first Portuguese model to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. 

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 4 
Alba Baptista
(Actress)
Alba Baptista
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Birthdate: July 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Margarida Corceiro
(Actress, Model)
Margarida Corceiro
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Birthdate: October 26, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santarém, Portugal
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Sara Carbonero
(Spanish-Portuguese Sports Journalist)
Sara Carbonero
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Birthdate: February 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Corral de Almaguer, Spain

Sara Carbonero is a Spanish-Portuguese TV personality and sports journalist. She is best known for her association with the popular free-to-air TV channel Telecinco, where she worked as a presenter. Carbonero made headlines in 2010 when she covered the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including the match between Switzerland and Spain that featured her then-boyfriend Iker Casillas whom she later married. 

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Sister Lúcia
(Religious sister)
Sister Lúcia
5
Birthdate: March 28, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aljustrel, Portugal
Died: February 13, 2005
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Isabella Leong
(Actress)
Isabella Leong
3
Birthdate: June 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portuguese Macau
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Maria de Medeiros
(Actress)
Maria de Medeiros
2
Birthdate: August 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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Lúcia Moniz
(Singer, Actress)
Lúcia Moniz
4
Birthdate: September 9, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Maria II of Portugal
(Queen of Portugal (1826 - 1828))
Maria II of Portugal
2
Birthdate: April 4, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: November 15, 1853

Maria II of Portugal was the Queen of Portugal from 2 May 1826 to 23 June 1828. She reigned as the queen once again from 1834 until her death in 1853 at the age of 34 due to complications during her 11th delivery.

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Mariana van Zeller
(Peabody Award-winning Portuguese journalist and correspondent for National Geographic Channel)
Mariana van Zeller
1
Birthdate: May 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cascais, Portugal
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Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil
(Princess)
Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil
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Birthdate: July 29, 1846
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palace of São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: November 14, 1921
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Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal
(Queen)
Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal
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Birthdate: October 2, 1470
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dueñas, Palencia, Spain
Died: August 23, 1498
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Philippa of Lancaster
(Queen of Portugal (1387-1415))
Philippa of Lancaster
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Birthdate: March 31, 1360
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leicester, England
Died: July 19, 1415
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Aure Atika
(Actress)
Aure Atika
1
Birthdate: July 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Monte Estoril, Portugal
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Sara Martins
(Actress)
Sara Martins
3
Birthdate: August 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Faro, Portugal
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Filipa Moniz Perestrelo
(Noblewoman)
Filipa Moniz Perestrelo
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Birthdate: 1455 AD
Birthplace: Porto Santo, Portugal
Died: 1484 AD
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Teresa Heinz
(Businesswoman, Philanthropist and Wife of Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry)
Teresa Heinz
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Birthdate: October 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maputo, Mozambique
Portuguese-American entrepreneur and philanthropist Teresa Heinz is the widow of H. J. Heinz Company heir and former American senator John Heinz and the wife of former American secretary of state John Kerry. She chairs the Heinz Endowments and the Heinz Family Philanthropies. She focuses on women’s issues and environmental concerns.
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Amália Rodrigues
(Actress)
Amália Rodrigues
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Birthdate: July 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: October 6, 1999
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Inês de Castro
(Noblewoman)
Inês de Castro
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Birthdate: 1325 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Galicia
Died: 1355 AD
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Paula Rego
(Visual artist)
Paula Rego
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Birthdate: January 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portugal
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Joana Ribeiro
(Actress, Model)
Joana Ribeiro
1
Birthdate: March 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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Mariza
(Singer)
Mariza
1
Birthdate: December 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Maputo, Mozambique
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Carmen Miranda
(Brazilian Actress and Samba Singer Known for Her Signature Tall Hats Made of Real Fruit)
Carmen Miranda
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Birthdate: February 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marco de Canaveses, Portugal
Died: August 5, 1955

Carmen Miranda was a Portuguese-born Brazilian samba dancer, singer, film star, and Broadway actress. Nicknamed The Brazilian Bombshell, Miranda is credited with popularizing the fruit hat outfit in the USA. Her performances also popularized Brazilian music and helped increase awareness of Latin culture. Her life and career inspired a documentary titled Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business.

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Maria of Aragon, Queen of Portugal
(Queen)
Maria of Aragon, Queen of Portugal
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Birthdate: June 29, 1482
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain
Died: March 7, 1517
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Maria João Pires
(Pianist)
Maria João Pires
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Birthdate: July 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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Isabella of Portugal, Queen of Castile
(Queen)
Isabella of Portugal, Queen of Castile
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Birthdate: 1428 AD
Birthplace: Toledo, Spain
Died: August 15, 1496
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Katia Aveiro
(Portuguese Singer Known for Her Single ‘De ella Boom Sem Parar’)
Katia Aveiro
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Birthdate: October 5, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madeira, Portugal

Portuguese singer Katia Aveiro, best known for songs such as Latina de cuerpo y alma, is also the sister of football star Cristiano Ronaldo. She has appeared on reality shows such as Supervivientes. She made headlines when, after Ronaldo’s COVID-19 diagnosis, she called the whole thing a fraud.

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Catherine of Austria, Queen of Portugal
(Queen of Portugal as wife of King John III)
Catherine of Austria, Queen of Portugal
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Birthdate: January 14, 1507
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Torquemada, Spain
Died: February 12, 1578
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Mariana Victoria of Spain
(Queen)
Mariana Victoria of Spain
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Birthdate: March 31, 1718
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Royal Alcazar of Madrid, Spain
Died: January 15, 1781
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April Ivy
(Singer, Songwriter)
April Ivy
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Birthdate: July 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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Lio
(Singer)
Lio
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Birthdate: June 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mangualde, Portugal
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Carlota Joaquina of Spain
(Queen)
Carlota Joaquina of Spain
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Birthdate: April 25, 1775
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Aranjuez, Spain
Died: January 7, 1830
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Amélie of Orléans
(Queen consort)
Amélie of Orléans
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Birthdate: September 28, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Twickenham, London, England
Died: October 25, 1951
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Eleanor of Austria
(Queen Consort of Portugal and France)
Eleanor of Austria
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Birthdate: November 15, 1498
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leuven, Belgium
Died: February 25, 1558
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Maria Ramos
Maria Ramos
1
Birthdate: February 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lisbon

Maria Ramos is a Portuguese-born South African banker, corporate executive, and businesswoman. Since 2020, she has been serving as the chairperson of a global gold mining company called AngloGold Ashanti Limited. Her contributions have earned her several prestigious awards. Maria Ramos has also been featured on Fortune magazine’s 50 most powerful women list.

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Luísa Sobral
(Singer-songwriter internationally known for composing the winning song in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest)
Luísa Sobral
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Birthdate: September 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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Mary I of Portugal
(Queen of Portugal)
Mary I of Portugal
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Birthdate: December 17, 1734
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: March 20, 1816
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Mikaela Lupu
(Actress)
Mikaela Lupu
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Birthdate: September 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moldova
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Maria Pia of Savoy
(Consort)
Maria Pia of Savoy
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Birthdate: October 16, 1847
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Turin, Sardinia
Died: July 5, 1911

Maria Pia of Savoy was an Italian princess who became the Queen of Portugal after marrying King Luís I of Portugal in 1862. She was the third queen to represent the House of Savoy. Maria Pia is best remembered for her compassion and charitable works. She was often referred to as the mother of the poor and angel of charity.

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Eleanor of Portugal, Holy Roman Empress
(Empress)
Eleanor of Portugal, Holy Roman Empress
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Birthdate: September 18, 1434
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Torres Vedras, Portugal
Died: September 3, 1467
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Aurea
(Singer, Songwriter)
Aurea
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Birthdate: September 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santiago do Cacém, Portugal
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Catarina Furtado
(Television presenter)
Catarina Furtado
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Birthdate: August 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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Ticha Penicheiro
(Former Portuguese Basketball Player Who Played as a Point Guard)
Ticha Penicheiro
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Birthdate: September 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Figueira da Foz, Portugal

Ticha Penicheiro is a Portuguese former basketball player who played as a point guard. She represented the Sacramento Monarchs for most of her career and helped the team win the WNBA Championship title in 2005. Penicheiro is counted among the greatest point guards of all time. She was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.

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Maria Leopoldina of Austria
(Empress consort of Brazil and Queen consort of Portugal)
Maria Leopoldina of Austria
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Birthdate: January 22, 1797
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 11, 1826

Born the Archduchess of Austria, Maria Leopoldina was a great painter and also grew up studying subjects such as botany and mineralogy. By virtue of her marriage to Pedro I of Brazil and IV of Portugal, she became the queen of Portugal and the empress of Brazil.

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Infanta Marie Anne of Portugal
(Noblewomen)
Infanta Marie Anne of Portugal
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Birthdate: July 13, 1861
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim am Main, Germany
Died: July 31, 1942
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Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen
(Poet)
Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen
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Birthdate: November 6, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Porto, Portugal
Died: July 2, 2004

Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen was a Portuguese writer and poet whose remains have been entombed since 2014 in the National Pantheon. Her poetry has been translated into many world languages, including English. Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen's life and career inspired a 1969 documentary short film, which was director João César Monteiro's first completed film.

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Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal
(Aristocrat)
Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal
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Birthdate: November 28, 1862
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bronnbach, Germany
Died: May 14, 1959

Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal was the second wife of Robert I, the duke of Parma. Born in exile, to Portuguese king Infante Miguel, who had been banished by his brother, Maria again went into exile in Canada after her husband’s death and eventually moved to Luxembourg after World War II.

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Ana Moura
(Singer)
Ana Moura
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Birthdate: September 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santarém, Portugal
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