Fernando Gabeira – Scene Stealing Politics


Fernando Paulo Nagle Gabeira (born February 17, 1943 in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais) is a Brazilian politician, author and journalist. He has been a federal deputy from the State of Rio de Janeiro since 1995.

Fernando Gabeira

Fernando Gabeira

He is best known for his book of memoirs. In the book, Gabeira tells the story of how Charles Burke Elbrick, the then-US Ambassador to Brazil, was kidnapped for 78 hours by the Revolutionary Movement 8th of October ( MR-8 ) in Rio de Janeiro, on September 4, 1969. The incident formed the basis of the 1997 Bruno Barreto film Four Days in September (O Que É Isso, Companheiro?), starring Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso and Fisher Stevens. The storyline was adapted from the 1979 memoirs of Fernando Gabeira, former member of revolutionary cell MR-8. 

Gabeira was also one of the founding members of the Green Party of Brazil, but left the group in 2002 to join the Workers’ Party. Recently he rejoined the Greens, due to his disappointment with Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s government, and also because of the way the Worker’s Party was dealing with its remaining far-left members.

Gabeira is a cousin of Leda Nagle, a well-known Brazilian TV hostess. Gabeira has lived many years exiled from Brazil, during the military dictatorship, and returned to his country in 1979. Just after his return to Brazil, a photo of Gabeira wearing a very small knitted swimsuit on Ipanema beach turned into a national scandal. Many years later, Gabeira revealed that his scandalous bathing suit was indeed the bottom part of one of Leda Nagle’s bikinis.

Gabeira has repeatedly voiced his ideological support for the legalization of marijuana.

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