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Katina Paxinou (1900–1973)

Katina Paxinou was born in 1900, in Piraeus, Greece. She first appeared on stage in 1928, in an Athens production of Henry Bataille's "La femme nue". In the early 1930's she was one of the founding members of the National Theatre of Greece (previously named Royal Theatre) and performed several major roles in Sophocles' "Electra", Henrik Ibsen's "... See full bio »


(age 72) in Athens, Greece

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 1970 The Martlet's Tale
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
- The Enemy Before Us (1970) ... Filomena
 1970 A Savage Summer
 1968 Zita
Aunt Zita
 1965 To nisi tis Afroditis
 1961 Death of a Bandit
 1960 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
- Cupid Knows Best (1960) ... Mama
 1959 The Miracle
La Roca
 1959 World Theatre (TV Mini-Series)
- Blood Wedding (1959) ... Mother
 1955 Confidential Report
 1953 Socrates' Wife (TV Movie)
 1952 Chesterfield Presents (TV Series)
 1949 Prince of Foxes
Mona Constanza Zoppo
 1945 Confidential Agent
Mrs. Melandez
 1943 Hostages
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[explaining to Paramount executives why she should be cast, as she later was, in 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'] I come from generations of guerrillas. My grandmother learned her ABCs from a guerrilla chieftain in a cave. I know that Pilar. I know her well.


She and her husband, stage director/actor Alexis Minotis, were generally considered the great couple of Greek theatre. Their greatest fame came after their return to Greece from Hollywood in the 50s when they rejoined the National Theatre of Greece and gave some of their greatest performances in acclaimed productions such as "Hecuba", "Oedipus Rex" and "Medea" both in Greece and abroad. See more »

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