Norma Aleandro
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Aleandro in 1950s or 1960s
Norma Aleandro

(1936-05-02) May 2, 1936 (age 86)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Years active1952–present
Spouse(s)Oscar Ferrigno (divorced)
Eduardo Le Poole
ChildrenOscar Ferrigno (son)

Norma Aleandro (born 2 May 1936) is an international award-winning Argentine actress, screenwriter, theatre director and author.[1] She is considered one of the most celebrated and prolific Argentinean actresses of all time and is recognized as a cultural icon in Argentina.[2][3]

Aleandro starred in the Oscar-winning 1985 film The Official Story, a role that earned her the Cannes Award for best actress.[1] She has performed in other successful films like The Truce (1974), Cousins (1989), Autumn Sun (1996), The Lighthouse (1998), Son of the Bride (2001) and Cama Adentro (2005). For her performance as Florencia Sánchez Morales in the 1987 film Gaby: A True Story, she received a Golden Globe nomination and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Aleandro wrote the 1970 film The Inheritors and performed in various plays such as August: Osage County. Aleandro also appeared in the Argentine adaptation of BeTipul, the critically successful En terapia.

Life and career

Aleandro was born in Buenos Aires on 2 May 1936.[4] She is the daughter of actors Pedro Aleandro and María Luisa Robledo and the sister of actress María Vaner.[4] During the late 1970s, she was vocal about her progressive views and during the military dictatorship she was exiled to Uruguay. Later Aleandro moved to Spain and did not return to Argentina until after the military junta fell in 1983.[5]

In 1985, her breakout role was the Argentine Academy Award-winning film The Official Story. For her acting in the film she won the Cannes Award for best actress.

She worked in several other Argentine movies such as the Academy Award-nominated Son of the Bride, Sol de Otoño, and El Faro.

Aleandro co-starred in a few Hollywood films such as One Man's War, with Anthony Hopkins, and Gaby: A True Story (1987) for which she received an Oscar nomination. She also had a minor role in Cousins (1989).

Back in Argentina, she returned to the stage with Master Class and won the María Guerrero award in 1996. The same year, she was honored as Ciudadano Ilustre de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires ("Illustrious Citizen of the City of Buenos Aires").

She has co-starred five times with fellow actor Héctor Alterio: Los siete Locos (1973), the Academy Award-nominated The Truce (1974), The Official Story (1985), Son of the Bride (2001) and Cleopatra (2003), the last three of which they played husband and wife.

In 2009, Aleandro appeared in The City of Your Final Destination, directed by James Ivory and co-starring Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney and Charlotte Gainsbourg.


Aleandro as Macacha Güemes with Alfredo Alcón in the 1971 film, Güemes: la tierra en armas.
Aleandro as Macacha Güemes with Alfredo Alcón in the 1971 film, Güemes: la tierra en armas.




Other awards


  1. ^ a b Contemporary Authors Online (in Literature Resource Center). Detroit: Gale. 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  2. ^ Norma, Aleandro (18 September 2017). "Norma Aleandro Cultural Icon".
  3. ^ "Norma Aleandro". 18 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b Gallina, Mario (1999). De Gardel a Norma Aleandro: Diccionario sobre figuras del cine argentino en el exterior. Buenos Aires: Corregidor. p. 29. ISBN 950-05-1250-5.
  5. ^ Curran, Daniel. Cinebooks: Foreign Films, McPherson's Publishing: 1989, page 132.
  6. ^ Konex Awards web site for Norma Aleandro.
  7. ^ "Todos los ganadores de los premios Tato 2013" [All the winners of the Tato awards 2013] (in Spanish). La Nación. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.