Danuza Leão Dies At 88 In Rio de Janeiro

Writer, journalist, actress, and former model, she was a celebrated columnist in the Brazilian press.

Danuza Leão, journalist, writer, actress, and former Brazilian model, died on the night of this Wednesday, 22, at the age of 88, in Rio de Janeiro. The information was confirmed by the family to Quem. She spent the last few weeks hospitalized at Clínica São Vicente to treat respiratory failure.

Born in Espírito Santo, on July 26, 1933, she told her story through the autobiography  Almost Everything, released in 2005.

According to Folha de São Paulo, Danuza was also a member of the newspaper’s columnists for 12 years, between 2001 and 2013. Published on Sundays, her texts addressed a variety of topics, especially behavior and lifestyle.

Among her main books, “Na Sala com Danuza” and behavioral volumes such as “É Tudo So Simple” stand out. Her participation in the film “Terra em Transe”, by Glauber Rocha, was also something that marked her career.

In addition, she was the first Brazilian model to parade abroad, at the age of 18, for the stylist Jacques Fath, in Paris.

Danuza is the sister of singer Nara Leão and was once married to journalist Samuel Wainer, founder of the newspaper Última Hora. According to Folha de São Paulo, she later married the chronicler and composer Antônio Maria and the journalist Renato Machado.


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