Leila Diniz

Leila Diniz
Leila Diniz, holding a small round mirror in her left hand and applying make-up in her face with the right
Diniz in 1971
Leila Roque Diniz

(1945-03-25)25 March 1945
Died 14 June 1972(1972-06-14) (aged 27)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1962–1972
Domingos de Oliveira
( m. 1962; sep. 1965)

Ruy Guerra
( m. 1965; death 1972)

Leila Roque Diniz (25 March 1945 – 14 June 1972) was a Brazilian television, film and theatre actress, whose liberal ideas and attitudes about sex had raised the discontent of both the feminists and the Brazilian military government of the 1960s.[1]

She died on 14 June 1972, aged 27, at the peak of fame, in the aircraft accident of Japan Airlines Flight 471 near New Delhi, India.


Born in a middle-class family and the daughter of a communist activist,[2] Leila worked as a kindergarten teacher at age 15. At age 17, she met movie director Domingos de Oliveira, with whom she lived until age 21. Between 1962 and 1964 she had minor roles on stage.

In 1965, Diniz started working in television, where she made several telenovelas and various commercials. In 1967, she also started to make movies.

In 1969, she gave an interview to the satirical newspaper O Pasquim during which she said: "It's possible to love one person and go to bed with another. It has happened to me."[3] Due to statements like that and the many profanities (albeit replaced with asterisks) that she said during the interview, the article angered the military, and Alfredo Buzaid, Minister of Justice of President Emílio Garrastazu Médici's government, used it as a pretext to decree censorship to all newspapers and magazines in Brazil. The law was known as the "Leila Diniz decree" due to this incident.[4] Diniz had her contract with TV Globo terminated under the excuse of "moral problems," but in 1970 she was hired as a juror of TV host Flávio Cavalcanti's show on TV Tupi (Cavalcanti, curiously, had a reputation as a "right-wing" man, yet he not only hired Diniz, but protected her and hid her in his country house when she was persecuted by the military repressive forces).

In 1971, Leila had a short participation as a burlesque star. In the same year, she married movie director Ruy Guerra, father of her only daughter. She offended the conservative members of society by going to the beach in bikini when eight months pregnant, but expressed surprise at the reaction, saying that the doctor just had recommended the sun as beneficial to her pregnancy and her unborn child.

In 1972, coming back from a movie festival in Australia, where she won a Best Actress award for the movie Mãos Vazias ("Empty Hands"), she died in the Japan Airlines Flight 471 crash in India.


  • 1967 - O Mundo Alegre de Helô - (Luisinha)
  • 1967 - Mineirinho, Vivo ou Morto - (Maria)
  • 1967 - Todas as Mulheres do Mundo - (Maria Alice)
  • 1967 - Juego Peligroso
  • 1968 - Edu, Coração de Ouro - (Tatiana)
  • 1968 - O Homem Nu - (Mariana)
  • 1968 - A Madona de Cedro - (Marta)
  • 1968 - Hunger for Love - (Ulla)
  • 1969 - Corisco, o Diabo Loiro - (Dadá)
  • 1969 - Os Paqueras - (as herself)
  • 1970 - The Alienist - (Eudóxia)
  • 1970 - O Donzelo - (cameo as herself)
  • 1971 - Mãos Vazias
  • 1972 - Amor, Carnaval e Sonhos

About her

  • 1987 - Leila Diniz (with Louise Cardoso)[5]


This article incorporates information from the revision as of 24 November 2014 of the equivalent articles on the Portuguese Wikipedia.

  1. ^ "Leila Diniz". Netsaber Biografias. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Leia trecho de "Perfis Brasileiros - Leila Diniz", Joaquim Ferreira dos Santos". UOL. December 2, 2008. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Leia trecho de "Perfis Brasileiros - Leila Diniz", Joaquim Ferreira dos Santos". UOL. December 2, 2008. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  4. ^ Laura Greenhalgh (March 4, 2002). "A conspiração feminista". Época. Editora Globo. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-16. Retrieved 2010-07-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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