Nicette Bruno

Nicette Bruno


Nicete Xavier Miessa, better known as Nicette Bruno, (Niterói, January 7, 1933 – Rio de Janeiro, December 20, 2020) 1 was a Brazilian theatrical actress and businesswoman. She began her career very young, acting in Romeu and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, in 1946, and accumulated an extensive curriculum both in theater and in film and television.

Bruno was one of the references in the history of the country’s television dramas, and he was also a pioneer of television. She premiered on TELE Tupi immediately when it was inaugurated in 1950, making sporadic appearances in recitals and teletheaters, as in La Cuerda.


The only daughter of Sinésio Campos Xavier and the actress Eleonor Bruno, Nicette began her artistic career under the influence of her own family, where practically all of them dedicated themselves to art. When Nicette was only four years old, she would declaim and sing on Alberto Manes’s children’s program on Radio Guanabara. At the age of five she began to study piano at the National Conservatory and to perform as a pianist, in the same program, and at six, she entered the balé at the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro.

When she was eleven years old, she entered the theater group of the Moços Christian Association. Later, she went through the University Theater, of jewela Camões, and the Student Theater, directed by Paschoal Carlos Magno and Maria Jacintha. At fourteen, she was already a theater professional, hired by the Dulcina-Odilon Company, owned by the actress Dulcina de Morales.

Professional life

In 1945, she acted as Juliet in William Shakespeare’s Romeu and Juliet. His official premiere took place in 1947, in the piece La hija de Iório, by Gabriele D’Annunzio. Her performance earned her the gold medal for Revelation Actress by ABCT (Brazilian Association of Theater Critics). During her adolescence, she participated in various outstanding pieces, such as Ángel Negro, by Nelson Rodrigues and El fantasma de Canterville, based on Oscar Wilde.

At the age of seventeen, he founded, in São Paulo, the Aluminum Theater, in the Plaza de las Banderas, the headquarters building of the Intimate Nicette Bruno Theater (TINB), a company created in 1953. Paulo and Nicette inaugurated the TINB with the piece Ingenua until certain point, by Hugh Herbert, directed by Armando Couto. In 1958, she starred in the award-winning creation of Aparecida, in Pedro Mico, by Antônio Callado. During the 1950s and 1960s, she was a member of virtually every major theater company in the country.

In 1959, on TELE Continental, she won a prominent role, playing the title character in the live series Dueña Jandira in Search of Happiness. Her first telenovela was Los Títeres (1967), by Ivani Ribeiro, on TELE Excelsior. In the 1960s on the defunct TELES Excelsior and Tupi stations, he acted in successful novels at the time such as La Muralla, Mi Pie de Naranja Lima, Rosa-de los-Vientos, Papa Corazón, Éramos Seis and Como Salvar Mi Boda. Later, when he transferred to Red Globo, he still embodied characters that have become famous in novels such as Seventh Sense, Crazy Love, Stone Forest, Baby on Board, Queen of the Sucata, Women of Sand, among other successes.

In 1962, Nicette and her husband, at the invitation of Cláudio Corrêa y Castro, lived in Curitiba, working at the Guaíra Theater, giving classes in performing arts for the Permanent Theater Course project and being part of the Paraná Comedy Theater (TCP) , where they produced productions such as An Elephant in Chaos, by Millôr Fernandes, La Megera Tomada, by Shakespeare and El Santo Milagroso, by Lauro César Muniz.

Her first participation in the cinema was in the film Querida Susana (1947), under the direction of Alberto Pieralisi. She also participated in the films Esquina de la Saudade (1952), Esquina de la Ilusión (1953), La Marcha (1972), Vila Isabel (1998), Zoando en la TELE (1999), Whatever God Wants! (2002), La Guerra de los Roca (2008) and La Casa de las Horas (2010), but without ever leaving the theater.

In 2001, after having been away from television for a long time, she played Dueña Benta for four years in the second version for TELE of Casa de campo del Pica-Palo Amarillo, a role with which she gained great notoriety. In 2005, she returned to telenovelas playing Ofélia in Alma gemela. In 2006, she makes a brief yet significant special appearance in the first chapter of the Prophet as Aunt Cleide. In 2007, it is the time of the humble and kind Owner Juju in Seven Sins.

In 2010, she gave life to Júlia Spina in Ti Ti Ti, and the following year she plays Iná, in La Vida de la Gente. In 2012, she played the matriarch Dueña Leonor in Salve Jorge. In 2013, she worked on the novel Joia Rara, playing Santinha. That same year, Nicette and her daughter Beth Goulart were the presenters at the awards ceremony for the 25th edition of the Shell Theater Award in Rio de Janeiro. In 2014, she released the piece Loss and earnings. The monologue by writer Lya Luft, directed by the actress’s daughter, Beth Goulart, is a tribute to her husband, actor Paulo Goulart. In 2015, in the novel I Love Paraisópolis, by Alcides Nogueira and Mário Teixeira, Nicette was Izabelita, a widow, majority shareholder of Pilartex and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

In July 2016, Nicette recalled the character of Dueña Benta from the series Casa de campo del Picapau Amarillo on the program Niño Esperanza. In August of that same year, she returned to the stage with What Happened to Baby Jane? next to Eva Wilma, a play that tells of the tumultuous relationship between two sisters, Blanche and Jane Hudson.


In 2010, Nicette released the book Big Business and Little Love Stories in association with her husband Paulo Goulart. This culinary book brings recipes that the couple created or simply tried at their Sunday lunches, alongside family and friends.

Awards and honours

Among the awards and tributes received, there is the ABCT Award for Revelation Actress in the piece La Hija de Iório (1947), the ABCT Award and the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro Award for Best Actress in the theatrical show Pedro Mico (1958), Molière Award for Best Actress in the piece The Effect of Gamma Rays on the Margaridas del Campo (1974). Nicette was awarded three times with the APCA Trophy (Paulista Association of Art Critics), as Best Actress in the piece Somos Hermanas (1998), in the novels Éramos Seis (1978) and Como Salvar Mi Boda (1980). In 1998, she won the Shell Award for Best Actress for her work in the play Somos Hermanas.

In 2006, the Goulart family was honored at the 18th edition of the Shell Theater Award in Rio de Janeiro. Paulo Goulart, Nicette Bruno and their children Beth Goulart, Bárbara Bruno and Paulo Goulart Jr. received a Special Trophy, for the union and work developed on stage in more than twenty years of career. The same year, Nicette won the León Lobo Trophy in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Alma Gemela. She was honored at the 21st edition of the Cine Ceará – Ibero-American Film Festival, where she received the Eusélio Oliveira Trophy for the entire work, in 2011. At the 8th edition of the Lapa Film Festival, the actress received the Tropeiro Trophy, a tribute that includes professionals of the dramaturgy of national standing who were born or acted in Paraná, in 2015. In May 2016, Nicette received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th Brazilian International Press Awards. In 2017, the actress was honored in the fourth edition of the Cesgranrio Theater Award, for her seventy-year career.

Actress Nicette Bruno dies, victim of covid-19

Actress Nicette Bruno dies, victim of covid-19

Today (20), actress Nicette Bruno died at the age of 87, victim of covid-19. She was interned at the Casa de Saúde São José, in Humaitá, in the south zone of Rio de Janeiro.

“Casa de Saúde São José informs that actress Nicette Bruno, who was admitted to the hospital since November 26, 2020, died today, at 11:40 am, due to complications resulting from the covid-19. The hospital is in solidarity with the family at this time ”, says the hospital in a note.

Just over an hour before death, at 10:13 am, Nicette’s daughter, also actress Beth Goulart, posted a message on her Facebook profile asking for prayers for her mother.

“Twenty days today without my mom, I miss you my life partner, friend, sister, colleague, my love, my teacher, my reference. We are together with you, my mother, sending our energy, our faith and hope that soon we will be together again soon. Do not play with your health, protect those you love, have more empathy and love for others. 6 pm Prayer for Nicette and all covid patients, strengthening for family members and health teams. Gratitude to all of you ”.

There is still no information about the wake.


Born Nicete Xavier Miessa, on January 7, 1933, in Niterói (RJ), the actress made her professional debut in 1945, in the play Romeu e Julieta, based on the literary work of the same name by William Shakespeare.

The only daughter of actress Eleonor Bruno and Sinésio Campos Xavier, Nicette Bruno married on February 26, 1954, in the Santa Cecília Church, in São Paulo, with the actor Paulo Goulart, whom he met two years earlier, during the play Miss Minha Mãe , by Louis Verneuil, and with whom he had three children, the actors Beth Goulart, Bárbara Bruno and Paulo Goulart Filho.

At the age of 4, little Nicete Xavier Miessa was already reciting and singing on Alberto Manes’ children’s program on Rádio Guanabara. At the age of 5, he began to study piano at the National Conservatory and, at the age of 6, he joined the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro. He joined the theater group of the Associação Cristã de Moços at the age of 11, later passing by the Teatro Universitário, by Jerusa Camões, and the Teatro do Estudante, directed by Pascoal Carlos Magno and Maria Jacintha. At the age of 14, she was already a professional actress, hired by Companhia Dulcina-Odilon, of actress Dulcina de Morais. She became a widow in 2014, when her husband died of cancer.

Among his works on television are the soap operas Rosa dos Ventos (1973), Éramos Seis (1977), Selva de Pedra (1986), Bebê a Bordo (1988), Rainha da Sucata (1990), Mulheres de Areia (1993). ), The Next Victim (1995), Alma Gemini (2005), Seven Sins (2007), A Vida da Gente (2011), Salve Jorge (2012), Joia Rara (2013), I Love Paraisópolis (2015), Pega Pega (2017), in addition to the children’s series Sítio do Picapau Amarelo (2001/04). Nicette is considered one of the pioneers of Brazilian television and one of the references in the history of national television drama.

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