Norma Aleandro

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

Norma Aleandro
Aleandro in 1950s or 1960s
Norma Aleandro Robledo

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

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 also 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 has written the 1970 film, The Inheritors, and has performed in various plays such like August: Osage County. Aleandro recently appeared in the Argentine adaptation of BeTipul, the critical success En terapia.

Life and career

Aleandro was born in Buenos Aires on May 2, 1936.[4] She is the daughter of actors Pedro Aleandro and María Luisa Robledo and the sister of actor 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, among others, 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 so far 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.





Other awards won

  • Konex Award: Diamond Award in 2001.[6]
  • Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Son of the Bride, 2001; Best Actress for Sol de Otoño, 1996; Best Actress for The Official Story, 1985.
  • Martín Fierro Awards: Six awards throughout the years.
  • Tato Award: Best Lead Actress in Drama, for En terapia, 2013.[7]
  • Association of Latin Entertainment Critics Awards: Best Character Actress for Cama Adentro, 2006; Best Actress for The Official Story, 1986.
  • Obie Award: Distinguished Performance (Actress) for About Love and Other Stories About Love, 1985.
  • Shakespeare Award: Distinguished career, given by Fundación Romeo Argentina, 2015.


  1. This article uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Aleandro and the second or maternal family name is Robledo.


  1. Contemporary Authors Online (in Literature Resource Center). Detroit: Gale. 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  2. Norma, Aleandro (18 September 2017). "Norma Aleandro Cultural Icon". Archived from the original on 18 September 2017.
  3. "Norma Aleandro". 18 September 2017. Archived from the original on 25 October 204.
  4. 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. December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
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