Fernanda Montenegro (born October 16, 1929) is a Brazilian stage, television and film actress, mostly recognized for her leading role in Central Station, which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming the first and only Brazilian actress to be nominated.
Montenegro was born Arlette Pinheiro Esteves Torres in Rio de Janeiro, of Portuguese and Italian descent,from the island of Sardinia. Regarding the adoption of a stage name, the actress has stated that she chose Fernanda simply because of its sonority, whilst Montenegro was the surname of her family’s doctor. Montenegro was married to Fernando Torres from 1954 until his death in 2008. They had two children: Fernanda Torres who is an actress and has been nominated for the Cannes Film Festival and film director Cláudio Torres. —Wikipedia