The film “Tia Virgínia” has not only enchanted the public due to the talent of its trio of protagonists: Louise Cardoso, Arlete Salles and Vera Holtz, awarded at the last Gramado Festival. In the cast of the film, which has just debuted in theaters, Vera Barreto Leite also steals the show, even without saying a single word, just with her look.
Not everyone knows, but whoever is on the scene is the first Brazilian top model. Vera is now 87 years old — in the film, her character, mother of the protagonists, is 12 years older. Her modeling career began in the early 1950s, when she was already modeling for brands such as Christian Dior and Chanel. Her career as an actress began in theater, but it didn’t take long for her to be invited to the cinema.
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She was the first Brazilian top model
With a career marked by boldness — one of which was posing half-naked for a magazine, at the age of 72 — Vera Barreto Leite also had famous romances. From French filmmaker Louis Malle to photographer Pedro de Moraes, son of Vinícius, with whom she had a daughter, the actress and singer Mariana de Moraes.
“Vera is truly spectacular. This is an up-to-date woman, a woman who has lived at the height of all stages of her life. She talked to us a lot during filming, told her stories,” said Vera Holtz about her co-star in ” Conversation with Bial”.