From a poor background, a mother of five has her baby daughter kidnapped and fights for having her back, as time goes by and she rises to a better life with her remaining sons.




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Series cast summary:
...  Maria do Carmo 199 episodes, 2004-2005
Renata Sorrah ...  Nazaré / ... 180 episodes, 2004-2005
...  Giovanni 171 episodes, 2004-2005
José Mayer ...  Dirceu 170 episodes, 2004-2005
...  Isabel / ... 163 episodes, 2004-2005
Leonardo Vieira ...  Leandro 153 episodes, 2004-2005
...  Reginaldo 152 episodes, 2004-2005
Leandra Leal ...  Cláudia 149 episodes, 2004-2005
Marcello Antony ...  Viriato / ... 148 episodes, 2004-2005
...  Viviane 145 episodes, 2004-2005
Dado Dolabella ...  Plínio 137 episodes, 2004-2005
...  Maria Eduarda 133 episodes, 2004-2005
José de Abreu ...  Josivaldo 117 episodes, 2004-2005
...  Sebastião 116 episodes, 2004-2005
Dan Stulbach ...  Edgar 113 episodes, 2004-2005
Carol Castro ...  Angélica 106 episodes, 2004-2005
Adriana Lessa ...  Rita 103 episodes, 2004-2005
Ângela Vieira ...  Gisela 103 episodes, 2004-2005
Jéssica Sodré ...  Lady Daiane 102 episodes, 2004-2005
...  Laura 100 episodes, 2004-2005
Leonardo Miggiorin ...  Shao Lin 99 episodes, 2004-2005
Mara Manzan ...  Janice 99 episodes, 2004-2005
Wolf Maya ...  Leonardo 95 episodes, 2004-2005
Raul Cortez ...  Pedro 92 episodes, 2004-2005
Mylla Christie ...  Eleonora 90 episodes, 2004-2005
Heitor Martinez ...  João Manoel / ... 85 episodes, 2004-2005
Marcela Barrozo ...  Bianca 85 episodes, 2004-2005
...  Nalva 84 episodes, 2004-2005
André Gonçalves ...  Venâncio 80 episodes, 2004-2005
Thadeu Matos ...  Bruno 80 episodes, 2004-2005


A soap opera about and for the Brazilian worker. A story about people who win in life through their own efforts. A plot that brings Maria do Carmo, mother of five children, as the main spot, a person who won in life fighting for it, but a person which will have as her main battle finding her daughter, kidnapped a little time after she was born. A story about family conflicts and relations spiced with the rescue of values that the society no longer cares about. The plot is divided in two parts: the first one will be 1968, during the beginning of Brazil's Military Dictatorship, and last four and a half chapters; and the second one begins after a long time, the time we're living now. Written by Ikescs

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The history of a mother that lost her daughter, but never lost her faith.


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Release Date:

28 June 2004 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Her Own Destiny  »

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The story is strongly reminiscent of the "Pedrinho case" in which Vilma Martins Costa, a businesswoman, took away the infant Pedro Baule Pinto from his parents hours just a couple hours after his birth. The boy was 16 when Vilma's deeds were uncovered by the police and he could return to his biological parents. See more »


Referenced in Fina Estampa: Episode #1.55 (2011) See more »

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Excellent, it combines good drama with great moments of humor.
9 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

For those who enjoy a soap opera, Brazil is fertile ground, as the overwhelming majority of general TV channels in the country transmit, on average, four soap operas daily. Invariably, much of this material eventually goes around the world, being bought and broadcast in other countries. One of the most permeable markets for Brazilian teledramaturgy is, of course, my country, due to its cultural and linguistic proximity. I watched "Senhora do Destino" twice, the first when it debuted in Portugal, around 2006, and the second now, as it is being reprised nowadays.

It's a nice story that mixes two good elements: comedy and a good family drama. The story focuses on Maria do Carmo, a combative woman full of personality, who left the hard life in the backlands of the Brazilian Northeast to try her luck in the city of Rio de Janeiro, where she was already her husband. However, she came at a violent political moment, during the so-called "Lead Years", with the military dictatorship surrounding the press and making several arrests of journalists and leftist protesters. Caught in the midst of that, Maria do Carmo sees her youngest daughter stolen from her own arms, dedicating the rest of her life to the search for the lost daughter who, however, is created by Nazareth, a cruel and perilous villain. What made this soap opera work far beyond the cliché story was the sheer force of the female characters. Carmo was brilliantly played by Suzana Vieira, a strong and intense actress, while the villain was exceptionally played by Renata Sorrah. A real fight between two titanic figures full of strength. Lindalva, the stolen daughter, was very well played by Carolina Dieckmann, who perfectly matched beauty, charm and personality strength. But this soap opera is not made exclusively of girls. In the masculine roles I specially highlight José Mayer, who gave life to a dedicated and passionate journalist, Marcello Antony in the role of Viriato, Nelson Xavier in the role of Sebastião, a dedicated and faithful driver who maintained a platonic love for his last mistress and, of course, the late Jose Wilker, one of the best Brazilian comic actors, in one of the funniest roles of his career, the mobster Giovanni Improtta, who uses dirty money to finance a Rio de Janeiro carnival samba school. Truly phenomenal.

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