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The great Greek actress Irene Papas died

The great Greek actress Irene Papas died

Irene Papas, one of Greece’s top actresses, has died at the age of 96 (Reuters)

greek actress Irene Popes He died this Wednesday at the age of 96, as announced by the culture Ministry Hellene.

During her career of more than 50 years, she dedicated herself to both cinema and theater, in which her important roles established her internationally as the “grande dame of greek theater”, in addition to becoming the Hellenic symbol of beauty and Mediterranean culture.

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Papas was born in 1926 in a village near Corinto, although his family moved to Athens when she was seven years old, and at fifteen she began her career as a radio actress, singer and dancer.

Already in the 1950s he embodied Greek heroines such as Antigone in the National Theater of Greece and on the big screen, which earned him critical acclaim.

However, his fame was not catapulted to the international scene until his performance in “The Guns of Navarone” (The Guns of Navarone, 1961), “Electra” (1962) and “Zorba the Greek” (Alexis Zorbas, 1964), who were nominated for the Oscar awards.

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FILE PHOTO: Greek actress Irene Papas arrives at the screening of her film "Restlessness" at the 51st Cannes Film Festival in 1997 (Reuters)
FILE PHOTO: Greek actress Irene Papas arrives at the screening of her film “Restlessness” at the 51st Cannes Film Festival in 1997 (Reuters)

But fame did not save him from exile. In 1967 he started in Greece a military dictatorship that the actress rejected, which is why she first went to Italy and then to New York along with other artists.

During his exile both in Rome like in Hollywood continued her work as an actress, and collaborated with directors such as Franco Zeffirelli, Franco Rossi either Gavra coasts.

He even had a love affair with the famous actor Marlon Brando and, after his death, the actress confessed that it was the love of her life.

After the fall of the military junta in 1974, Irene Popes was able to return to her country, and in 1995 she was decorated with the insignia of the Order of the Phoenix, which was awarded to her by the then president of the Hellenic Republic, Kostis Stefanopoulos.

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In 2018 he announced that he had been suffering Alzheimer’s for five years.

The Greek actress has participated in more than 70 films, giving her great prestige in the world of cinema and theater.

(With information from EFE).-

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