Sonia Braga

  1. Lena Olin, Havana, 1990.       Robert Redford and director Sydney Pollack’s seventh (and worst) film came from a Judith Rascoe script shelved since the 70s. Now it was touted as a 90s’ Casablanca, teaming Redford with…. Well, he wanted Michelle Pfeiffer (he had to wait until 1995’s Up Close and Personal), or Braga from his second directing gig, The Milagro Beanfield War, 1987. Sharon Stone was also seen. Then, some suit said, “Hey, wasn’t the Casablanca brad Swedish?” Enter: Olin. And like Braga before her, Lena immediately had an affair with Redford.
  2. Meryl Streep, The Bridges of Madison County,  1995.        Lena Olin and Braga (future guests in TV’s Alias) battled anew in tests for Francesca.  Bruce Beresford,  chosen by Steven Spielberg to direct, decided the Italian war-bride had to be a foreign actress. Warners disagreed. Clint Eastwood made it his way. As always.  At 18. Sonia was in the 1968 Brazilian production of Rado and Ragni’s global smash: Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical .


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