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MÁRIO PRATA

February 11, 1946 – Mario Alberto Campos de Morais Prata is born in Uberaba, state of Minas Gerais.

1956 – Edits a newspaper for his class.

1960 – Begins writing the social column for São Paulo’s A Gazeta de Lins under the pseudonym Franco Abbiazi.

1962 – Roberto Filipelli – later the director of TV Globo’s London office – invites Mario to join him in creating a small paper called Jornal do Lar. Around the same time, Samuel Wainer invites him to write for the Rio de Janeiro news daily Última Hora.

1966 – He is hired by the Banco do Brasil.

1967 – Enrolls at the Universidade de São Paulo, where he studies economics. His short story O morto que morreu de rir (The dead man who died laughing) takes first prize in the 1st University Short-Story Contest, sponsored by PUC in São Paulo.

1970 – His book O Cordão Umbilical wins him recognition as Most Promising Writer.

1972 – Quits his job at the Banco do Brasil.

1972/73 – Begins contributing to the lampoon O Pasquim.

1977 – Estúpido Cupido earns him another award as Most Promising Writer.

1979 – Fábrica de Chocolates takes second place in a contest for unpublished texts, sponsored the Culture Ministry’s National Institute for Scenic Arts (INACEM). The same work wins a Mambembe from the Culture Ministry.

1982 – Besame Mucho wins a Mambembe.

1984 – Salto Alto wins second place in a contest for unpublished works, sponsored by INACEM. He also receives an award for Best Actor of the year in São Paulo for Salto Alto and Purgatório.

1989 – Reinaldo sigue nadando? is named Best Screenplay at Cua’s 2nd Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano.

1990 – For the Oswald de Andrade Dramaturgy Project, sponsored by the São Paulo State Secretary of Culture, he is nominated for a Shell prize. E o ZÉ Reinaldo, continua nadando? earns a Shell nomination for Best Video at the 3rd Video Biennial, sponsored by Medellin’s Museum of Modern Art, in Colombia.

1991/92 – He lives in Portugal. This experience was the inspiration for the book Schifizfavoire: dicionário de português (which takes a humorous look at differences between continental and Brazilian Portuguese) and a number of works for Rádio e Televisão Portuguesa.

1993 – Writes a weekly column for the newsdaily O Estado de São Paulo.

1997/98 – Writes for the weekly news magazine Isto É. O testamento do Senhor Napomuceno da Silva Araújo earns an award as Best Latin Screenplay and Best Film at the annual Gramado festival, in Rio Grande do Sul.

1998 – Works on a novel called Gregório, which tells about the life of a Brazilian soccer fan at the 1999 World Cup in Paris. He writes the play O Caçador de Rolinhas.