Laurinda de Jesus Cardoso was born in São Paulo, the daughter of Portuguese immigrants. At first, the parents resisted. But when she was 15, Laura had no doubt. She decided that it was time to take the tram of history and began the career of actress of radionovelas in Radio Cosmos.
Still young, Cardoso made her debut in the Tupi TV show Tribunal do Coração (1952). She participated in telenovelas such as Um Lugar ao Sol (1959), an adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's novel by Dionísio Azevedo, and Ídolo de Pano (1975) by Teixeira Filho. At the same time, Cardoso also worked at TV Excelsior, RecordTV and TV Cultura.
In 1982, she starred in Ninho de Serpente and Renúncia aired by TV Bandeirantes. Back in the Globo TV, Cardoso appeared in three Walther Negrão's telenovelas: Pão-Pão, Beijo-Beijo (1983), Livre para Voar (1984) e Fera Radical (1988). After that, she made Silvio de Abreu's Rainha da Sucata (1990), and Manoel Carlos's Felicidade (1991), and three remakes of very successful telenovelas, two by Ivani Ribeiro, Mulheres de Areia (1993) and A Viagem (1994).
In 1995, Cardoso appeared in Irmãos Coragem and Gloria Perez's Explode Coração, the first telenovela filmed in Projac (today Estúdios Globo). In 1998, Cardoso starred in Vila Madalena, and after a brief passage in RecordTV, where she appeared in Marcos Lazarini's Vidas Cruzadas (2000), she returned to Globo to starred Walcyr Carrasco's A Padroeira in 2001.
In 2005, she appeared in the mini-series Hoje É Dia de Maria, Cardoso also participated in the cast of O Profeta (2006), and in Aguinaldo Silva's Duas Caras (2007). In Caminho das Índias (2009) she played the Indian Laksmi Ananda.
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