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Melina Mercouri (1920–1994)


Melina Mercouri was born in Athens, Greece on October 18, 1920. An early woman activist, she was elected to the Greek Parliament in 1977. Later Miss Mercouri was to become the first woman to hold a Senior cabinet post "Minister of Culture" in the Greek government. In 1971 she wrote her autobiography titled "I Was Born Greek." Melina wed actor ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Never on Sunday
(1960)
Topkapi
Topkapi Elizabeth Lipp
(1964)
Stella
Stella Stella
(1955)
L'anniversaire
L'anniversaire Herself
(1982)

Filmography

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 1981 Gynaikes stin exoria (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1978 Kravgi gynaikon
Maya / Medea
 1977 Nasty Habits
Sister Gertrude
 1975 Once Is Not Enough
Karla
 1974 The Rehearsal
 1970 Promise at Dawn
Nina Kacewa
 1969 Gaily, Gaily
Lil
 1966 A Man Could Get Killed
Aurora / Celeste da Costa
 1965 The Uninhibited
Jenny
 1963 The Victors
Magda
 1962 Phaedra
Phaedra
 1959 The Law
Donna Lucrezia
 1957 He Who Must Die
Katerina / Mary Magdalene
 1955 Stella
Stella
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Other Works:

Her last appearance on (1980) stage was in the summer of 1980 at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus in Greece as Klytaemnistra in Aescylus "Orestia". The play was once more directed by Karolos Koun and performed by his Art Theatre.In 1976 she played Euripides "Medea" with Dimitri Papamichael as Jason. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 1 Article | 8 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Personal Quote:

"I was born Greek and I would die Greek. Mr. Pattakos was born a dictator and he will die as a dictator." Her reply to the fact that the Military dictatorship in Greece (1967-1974) in Greece had proclaimed that she was no longer a Greek citizen.

Trivia:

On a almost unknown record LP with music by Yannis Markopoulos for the even less known movie "L'Anniversaire" by the in 2007 deceased French filmmaker Pierre Jourdan (sleeve notion "Une production TF1 - 1982 EMI Greece - Pathé Marconi - EMI", Melina Mercouri performs on two tracks: on side 1 track 6 (3'22) titled "La Paix" (The Peace), she recites a beautiful poem by Yannis Ritsos, and on side 2 ... See more »

Nickname:

The last Greek Goddess

Star Sign:

Libra

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