Brazilian Actress Eva Wilma Dies At 87

The actress was admitted to Hospital Albert Einstein, in São Paulo, and passed away this Saturday (15)

Actress Eva Wilma died at the age of 87, of ovarian cancer, this Saturday (15), after being hospitalized last April 15 with kidney and heart problems in the ICU of the Albert Einstein hospital in São Paulo.

The cancer was discovered on May 7. She had already been hospitalized in January 2021 for pneumonia and spent 21 days in the hospital, nine of them in the ICU, but was discharged in early February.

Eva shone during more than six decades of her career in television, cinema, and theater. Her last role on TV was in the soap opera O Tempo Não Para, in 2018. In the theater, one of her last works was What Will Have Happened to Baby Jane? , in 2016, next to her friend Nicette Bruno, who died a victim of Covid-19 in December.

Born Eva Wilma Riefle Buckup Zarattini in 1933, she started her career as a dancer at the age of 14. At 20, she received her first proposals to act and debuted in the theater. She started in cinema at the same time, primarily as an extra. Her first work on TV was in 1953 in the series Alô, Doçura, which starred for 10 years alongside John Herbert.

She gained a lot of notoriety when she gave life to the twin’s Ruth and Raquel in the first version of the soap opera Mulheres de Areia, in 1973, and continued working on titles such as The Journey, War of the Sexes, Sassaricando, Rebel Years, O Rei do Gado and many other classics of Brazilian teledramaturgia.

Eva was married to stage partner John Herbert between 1955 and 1976 and together they had two children: Vivien Riefle Buckup and John Herbert Riefle Buckup. He also had a 23-year marriage to actor Carlos Zara, but the relationship did not generate heirs.

The actress leaves five grandchildren: Miguel and Mateus, children of Vivien and GabrielaFrancisco and Vitorio, children of John Herbert Junior.


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