The 57-year-old actress achieved great popularity for her role as Lucinda in “Médico de Família”

The country is in mourning and, above all, the world of entertainment. Maria João Abreu died this Thursday, May 13th, after suffering a cerebral aneurysm during the recordings of the soap opera A Serra, on April 30th.

The seriousness of her state of health was approaching a fatal outcome that has not been expected to dilute the shock in his native country. Portugal has lost today one of its most beloved and popular actresses, a true television star: Maria João Abreu.

At 57 years old, Abreu had been admitted to the Almada hospital since April 30, located on the left bank of the Tagus River, in front of Lisbon. She died, according to the Portuguese media, because of the two aneurysms that she suffered in recent weeks.

Television was the medium where she worked the most and in part to which she owes her great popularity. Among telefilms, series, and soap operas, she participated in more than 60 programs broadcast on the small screen. Her leading role stood out in “Médico de Família”, the Portuguese version of the Spanish series in which she played Lucinda, a maid who made Portuguese viewers laugh and cry for 118 episodes spread over three seasons between 1998 and 2000.

Another success that she was able to boast about came from leading the squad of “Golpe de Sorte” incarnating Maria do Céu, “the role of my life”, she confessed.

But Maria’s acting career began shortly after she came of age. When at the age of 19 she made her debut at the Maria Matos Theater with the musical “Annie” directed by Armando Cortez. From this moment is when Abreu focuses on the stage and in particular on the theater. Married to fellow actor José Raposo, together in 1998 they founded Toca dos Raposos, a production company responsible for the most successful shows in recent years in Portugal, such as “Mulheres ao Poder”.

Born in Lisbon, on April 14, 1964, Maria João Gonçalves Abreu Soares began her professional career in theater, but it was television that gained her popularity, with productions such as “Family doctor”.

Amelia Warner– After graduating from NYU with a master's degree in history, She was also a columnist for many local newspapers. Amelia Warner mostly covers Entertainment topics, but at times loves to write about movie reviews as well.

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