Gilberto Tumscitz Braga (Rio de Janeiro, November 1, 1945 — Rio de Janeiro, October 26, 2021) was a Brazilian soap opera author. In 2008, Paraiso Tropical, his soap opera, was nominated for an Emmy in category of best soap opera. Many of his novels end with a murder mystery.
Gilberto Tumscitz Braga Biography
, born November 1, 1945 in Rio de Janeiro. He attended the Colegio Pedro II and the Instituto de Educacao. He attended the Instituto de Educacao, the Colegio Pedro II and then he went to the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro’s College of Letters. After that, he began teaching at Alianca Francesa. Later, he was a theater critic for O Globo and a cinematographer.
Rede Globo premiered Braga as an author in 1972. It featured an adaptation of The Lady of the Camellias, by Alexandre Dumas, in Caso Special starring Gloria Menezes. Corrida do Ouro (1974), his first telenovela, was written with Janete Clair and Lauro Cesar Miniz. The central plot was based on a newspaper report and starred five female characters: Sandra Brea (Aracy Balabanian), Renata Sorrah (Renata Sorrah), Maria Luiza Castelli (Celia Biar), who had to complete certain tasks in order to inherit an inheritance.
Gilberto Braga was involved in the adaptation of Helena by Machado De Assis in 1975. The telenovela, which was still displayed in black-and-white, aired on TV Globo. It was the first telenovela to be inspired by a Brazilian classic. Braga took responsibility for Bravo!, originally written by Janete Clair. The plot was abandoned by the author, who moved to Pecado Capital to replace Roque Santeiro in his debut under the Brazilian military government.
His first major success was Escrava Isaura, which he published in October 1976. The story is adapted from Bernardo Guimaraes’ novel. It was inspired by the struggle to liberate slaves in Brazil in the nineteenth century. Brazil was a huge fan of the novel. We had great success in China and Lucelia Santos won the Golden Eagle Award. This was the first time that a foreign actress had been honored in China.
Braga composed Dona Xepa in 1977. It was inspired by Pedro Bloch’s homonymous play, starring YaraCortes.
Gilberto Braga’s 1978 hit Dancin’ ‘Days was written by him. The novel, which was inspired by Janete Clair’s theme, starred Joana Fomm and Sonia Braga. It brought the Brazilian discotheques fever to Brazil. In November 1978, Dancin ‘Days was a top-rated magazine in America. It became the headline of Newsweek. This highlighted their influence over fads.
He wrote Agua Viva in 1980 with Manoel Carlos. It starred Raul Cortez and Reginaldo Faria, as well as Betty Faria, in the principal roles.
Braga’s next novel, Brilhante, was published in 1983. It addressed the theme power and ambition. Leonor Basseres and Euclydes Marinho collaborated on Louco Amor (1983), which depicted the love between people of different social classes; and Corpo a Corpo (84), which focuses on social mobility and revenge.
Gilberto Braga started writing miniseries Anos Dourados in 1986. It was directed by Roberto Talma and starred Malu Mader, Felipe Camargo, and Felipe Camargo.
Braga, Leonor Basseres and Aguinaldo Silvia, wrote Vale Tudo two years later. This was a significant milestone in the history Brazilian teledramaturgy. The plot dealt with the ethical integrity of Brazil through a dispute between Regina Duarte’s honest mother and Gloria Pires’ daughter. It was a huge success. The soap opera was remade in 2002 for the Hispanic market. Telemundo produced the new version.
Gilberto Braga created another highlight of Globo programming in 1988: miniseries O Primo Basilio. It was adapted from Eca de Queiroz’s novel.
He was a co-author of the 1990 telenovela Rainha da Sucata, written by Silvio De Abreu. He was also invited to assist Doc Comparato in the musical production of the miniseries A, E, I, O… Urca.
Braga’s 1991 novel O Dono do Mundo was published. The miniseries Anos Rebeldes followed in the year following. He wrote Patria Minha in 1994.
Alcides Nogueira wrote Forca de um Desejo the following year. The telenovela, which was set in the second half the nineteenth century, addressed aspects of Bantu culture of African origin through the core slaves. Forca de um Desejo marked also the return to Brazilian television of Sonia Braga.
Gilberto Braga also wrote Celebridade in 2003. The lead roles were played by Malu Mader and Claudia Abreu, as well as Fabio Assuncao.
Paraiso Tropical was written by Gilberto Braga in 2007, four years after Ricardo Linhares. The telenovela was nominated for an International Emmy Award and featured among other actors Alessandra Negri, Tony Ramos (Gloria Pires), Fabio Assuncao and Wagner Moura.  Also, Insensato Coracao was part of the 2011 duo.
Gilberto was responsible for Lado a Lado, a Lado by Claudia Lage, Joao Ximenes braga and won an International Emmy.
His final television appearance was in Babilonia with Gloria Pires (Adriana Esteves) and Camila Pitanga as the main characters.
Gilberto Tumscitz Braga Death
Gilberto Braga, 75, died in Rio de Janeiro’s Copa Star Hospital on October 26, 2021. He was suffering from complications from Alzheimer’s and a systemic infection from an esophagus perforation.
Gilberto Tumscitz Braga Filmography
- A Dama das Camélias (1979) (TV Movie)
- Praias Desertas (1973) (TV Movie)
- O Preço de Cada Um (1973) (TV Movie)
- Mulher (1974) (TV Movie)
- Feliz na Ilusão (1974) (TV Movie)
- Corrida do Ouro (1974)
- Bravo! (1975)
- Senhora (1975)
- Helena (1975)
- Escrava Isaura (1976)
- Dona Xepa (1977)
- Dancin’ Days (1978)
- Fim de Festa (1978) (writer)
- Água Viva (1980)
- Brilhante (1981)
- Louco Amor (1983)
- Corpo a Corpo (1984)
- Anos Dourados (1986)
- Vale Tudo (1988)
- O Primo Basílio (1988)
- Bravo (1989) (writer – 1 episode)
- Lua Cheia de Amor (1990)
- O Dono do Mundo (1991)
- Anos Rebeldes (1992)
- Pátria Minha (1994)
- Labirinto (1998)
- Força de um Desejo (1999)
- Rio, Gosto de Você (2003)
- Celebridade (2003)
- Paraíso Tropical (2007)
- Entre el amor y el deseo (2010) (creator)
- Insensato Coração (2011)
- Lado a Lado (2012) (supervising writer)
- Dancin’ Days (2012) (creator)
- Babilônia (2015)