The film was a box office hit of the Brazilian cinema and also had major repercussions internationally.

Braga was the first Brazilian to present a category at the Oscars.

She was announced by Goldie Hawn as one of the most glamorous actresses in the world, before appearing with Michael Douglas, who announced the result of the best short film.

After that, she joined a theater group in presentations in the ABC Paulista region.

The following year, she was invited to perform in A Menina do Veleiro Azul, a soap opera produced by TV Excelsior, but the network closed before the soap opera aired.

Braga was born to Hélio Fernando Ferraz Braga and Maria Braga Jaci Campos, costume designer of Maringá. Her sister Ana's daughter Alice Braga is also an actress.

Braga's family moved to Curitiba and then to Campinas.Braga was 8 years old when her father died, and she moved to a convent school in São Paulo.In her teens, she took a job in the noted Brazilian reception center Buffet Torres The 14-year-old Braga was invited by director Vicente Sesso to appear in "teleteatros" at the Jardim Encantado program.In 1981, she starred in Eu Te Amo directed by Arnaldo Jabor, and won the best actress award at the Gramado Film Festival.She starred in the movie Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) alongside William Hurt and Raul Julia.In 1995, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for The Burning Season, but lost to Shirley Knight.