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Francisca Xavier Queiroz de Jesus, known professionally as Chica Xavier (January 22, 1932 – August 8, 2020), was a Brazilian actress and producer. Xavier worked in stage, film, and television. She was known primarily for her work in
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's telenovelas, but was active in stage for 60 years. Xavier was born in
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. She was married to actor Clementino Kelé. Xavier started working at 14 years as bookbinder at the Official Press of the State of Bahia. She moved to
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in 1953 and studied theater with Pascoal Carlos Magno. Her theater debut was on September 25, 1956 at the Teatro Municipal. Xavier acted in '' Orfeu da Conceição'' alongside Haroldo Costa, Léa Garcia, Cyro Monteiro, Dirce Paiva, Clementino Kelé, among others. Xavier played the role of Dama Negra, which symbolized Death; she recited verses from Vinícius de Moraes and danced to ''atabaques'', or Afro-Brazilian drumming. Xavier's film debut was in ''Assalto ao Trem Pagador'' in 1962, directed by Roberto Farias. She then worked in several
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productions. In 1973 Xavier debuted on TV in the telenovela ''Os Ossos do Barão''. She played more than 50 characters on television, and was a cast member in ''Sinhá Moça'', ''Dancin' Days (1978 TV series), Dancin' Days'', ''Renascer'', ''Pátria Minha'', ''Força de um Desejo'', and the miniseries ''Tenda dos Milagres (TV series), Tenda dos Milagres'', where she played the ''mãe-de-santo'' Magé Bassã. Xavier published ''Chica Xavier canta sua prosa: Cantigas, louvações e rezas para os orixás'' in 1999. The book had a preface by her friend Miguel Falabella, and was illustrated by her daughter Izabela d'Oxóssi. She was the subject of a biography in 2013 by Teresa Montero titled ''Chica Xavier: Mãe do Brasil''. Xavier was born at a Candomblé ''terreiro'', or temple. She was the leader of a Candomblé religious community in Rio de Janeiro, the Cercado de Boiadeiro.


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* 1936 births 2020 deaths People from Salvador, Bahia Afro-Brazilian actresses Brazilian television actresses Brazilian telenovela actresses Brazilian film actresses {{Brazil-actor-stub