Gracie: O Criador de uma Dinastia
Rio de Janeiro: Record, 2008
by Roberto Pedreira
September 13, 2013
In São Paulo where he had been living for
several years, George met the woman of his life. Her name was Angelina, more
succinctly, called Lina. She was the daughter of his business partner Eurico
Rocha. They promoted fake wrestling shows1 at
Pacaembu together, which provided George with a reasonable income.
Lina had been married off by her rigid and
conservative Italian father when she was 15 years old, to a musician. A year and
a half later, obvious that his music career wasn't going to earn him enough to
support Lina, Eurico pulled her out of the relationship and began looking around
for a more financially stable man. George had separated from his first woman,
and was living with a gaúcha,2 who was
a worldly woman.
George saw Lina and was smitten. He decided
to live with her and sent the gaúcha back south. George couldn't marry
Lina because she was already married and divorce was illegal in Brazil at that
time. But Lina didn't let anyone tell her what to do (except her father, the
first time). And anyway, Brazilians just ignored the law and found a
"way" around it. They just went ahead and lived together. George was
twice Lina's age, but she didn't care. But what she couldn't have imagined was
that the life of the gallant George would be a repetition of his own father's
life with Cesalina [George's mum]. George adopted the same chaotic life-style of his
Lina's first encounter with that would come
soon. George dissolved his business relationship with the wrestling shows at
Pacaembu. They paid him off with 20,000 cruzeiros in cash, and a check for
On his way out George passed a foreign car
dealership and decided to buy a Buick 47 convertible. He paid the down-payment
with the cash, intending to pay off the rest with the check. But the check
His father Gastão took pity on George and
pawned his wife's ring and gave him the cash. This is how George inaugurated the
life that he would spend with Lina for the next 26 years.
de marmeladas do tipo telecatch." = fake pro-wrestling.
2. Argentine woman, or
female from Rio Grande do Sul.
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