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
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Birthdate: November 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Almada, Portugal
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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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Alba Baptista
(Actress)
Alba Baptista
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Birthdate: July 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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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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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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Sister Lúcia
(Religious sister)
Sister Lúcia
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Birthdate: March 28, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aljustrel, Portugal
Died: February 13, 2005
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Maria de Medeiros
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Birthdate: August 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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Lúcia Moniz
(Singer, Actress)
Lúcia Moniz
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Birthdate: September 9, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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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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Isabella Leong
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Birthdate: June 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portuguese Macau
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Maria II of Portugal
(Queen of Portugal (1826 - 1828))
Maria II of Portugal
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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.

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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Aure Atika
(Actress)
Aure Atika
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Birthdate: July 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Monte Estoril, Portugal
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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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Mariana van Zeller
(Peabody Award-winning Portuguese journalist and correspondent for National Geographic Channel)
Mariana van Zeller
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Birthdate: May 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cascais, Portugal
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Joana Ribeiro
(Actress, Model)
Joana Ribeiro
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Birthdate: March 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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Sara Martins
(Actress)
Sara Martins
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Birthdate: August 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Faro, Portugal
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Filipa Moniz Perestrelo
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Birthdate: 1455 AD
Birthplace: Porto Santo, Portugal
Died: 1484 AD
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Paula Rego
(Visual artist)
Paula Rego
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Birthdate: January 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portugal
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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Amália Rodrigues
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Birthdate: July 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: October 6, 1999
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IAMDDB
(Singer)
IAMDDB
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Birthdate: March 5, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lisbon, 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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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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Mariza
(Singer)
Mariza
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Birthdate: December 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Maputo, Mozambique
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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Katia Aveiro
(Singer)
Katia Aveiro
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Birthdate: October 5, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madeira

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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Maria João Pires
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Birthdate: July 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Isabella of Portugal, Queen of Castile
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Birthdate: 1428 AD
Birthplace: Toledo, Spain
Died: August 15, 1496
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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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Eleanor of Austria
(Queen consort)
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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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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Lio
(Singer)
Lio
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Birthdate: June 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mangualde, Portugal
Carlota Joaquina of Spain
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Birthdate: April 25, 1775
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Aranjuez, Spain
Died: January 7, 1830
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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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
Maria Ramos
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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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Mikaela Lupu
(Actress)
Mikaela Lupu
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Birthdate: September 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moldova
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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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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Catarina Furtado
(Television presenter)
Catarina Furtado
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Birthdate: August 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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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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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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Ana Moura
(Singer)
Ana Moura
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Birthdate: September 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santarém, Portugal
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Barbara of Portugal
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Birthdate: December 4, 1711
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ribeira Palace, Lisbon, Portugal
Died: August 27, 1758
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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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Patricia Mamona
(Athletics competitor)
Patricia Mamona
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Birthdate: November 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: São Jorge de Arroios, Lisbon, Portugal
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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