Irene Papas

Irene Papas

Highest Rated: 93% Z (1969)

Lowest Rated: 28% Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

Birthday: Sep 3, 1926

Birthplace: Chilimodion, Corynth, Greece

Enrolled in dramatic school age 12, Greek actress Irene Papas spent her first professional years as a singer-dancer in stage reviews and as a radio vocalist. Trained in Athens in the classics of Greece's Golden Age, Irene has played all the major tragic roles, including Medea and Electra; in addition, she was active in the contemporary productions put on by the Greek Popular Theatre in the late 1950s. In films from 1950, Irene is best known to international audiences for her portrayals of gutsy resistance fighter Maria Pappadimos in Guns of Navarone (1961); The Widow in Zorba the Greek (1964); the wife of political martyr Yves Montand in Z (1968); and Catherine of Aragon (with nary a trace of her native accent) in Anne of a Thousand Days. In between these projects, Ms. Papas made her Broadway debut in 1967's That Summer, That Fall. She has also delivered award-winning performances in the ambitious Euripides adaptations directed by Michael Cacoyannis, playing Helen in The Trojan Women (1972) and Clytemnestra in Iphigenia. On American television, Irene Papas has excelled in Biblical assignments: she was Zipporah in the 1976 miniseries Moses the Lawgiver, and Rebekah in the 1994 made-for-cable epic Jacob.

Highest Rated Movies



86% Christ Stopped at Eboli (Cristo si è Fermato a Eboli) Giulia Venere 2019
76% A Talking Picture (Um Filme Falado) Helena 2004
28% Captain Corelli's Mandolin Drosoula $25.3M 2001
No Score Yet Yerma Actor 1998
No Score Yet Inquietude (Anxiety ) Mother ["Mother Of A River"] 1998
No Score Yet The Odyssey Anticlea 1997
No Score Yet Party Irene 1996
No Score Yet Jacob Rebekah 1994
No Score Yet Pano, kato kai plagios, (Up, Down and Sideways) Maria 1993
No Score Yet Le Banquet Actor 1989
No Score Yet Sweet Country Mrs. Araya 1987
No Score Yet Cronaca di una morte annunciata Angela's mother 1987
No Score Yet A Child Called Jesus Actor 1987
No Score Yet Un Nino Llamado Jesus Actor 1987
60% High Season Penelope 1987
No Score Yet The Assisi Underground Mother Giuseppina 1985
38% Into the Night Shaheen Parvizi 1985
No Score Yet Eréndira The great-mother 1983
71% Lion of the Desert (Omar Mukhtar) Mabrouka 1981
No Score Yet Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline Actor 1979
No Score Yet Sidney Sheldon's 'Bloodline' Simonetta Palazzi 1979
No Score Yet Iphigenia Clytmnestre 1977
No Score Yet The Message Hind 1976
No Score Yet Moses Zipporah 1975
No Score Yet Sutjeska (The Fifth Offensive) Mother 1973
80% Don't Torture a Duckling Aurelia 1972
No Score Yet 1931: Once Upon a Time in New York Actor 1972
No Score Yet Un Posto ideale per uccidere(An Ideal Place to Kill) Actor 1971
No Score Yet The Trojan Women Helen 1971
No Score Yet N.P. Il Segreto Actor 1971
38% Anne of the Thousand Days Queen Katherine 1969
93% Z Helene 1969
No Score Yet A Dream of Kings Caliope 1969
75% The Brotherhood Ida 1968
No Score Yet A ciascuno il suo (We Still Kill the Old Way) Luisa Roscio 1967
80% Zorba the Greek The Widow 1964
No Score Yet The Moon-Spinners Sophia 1964
No Score Yet Electra Electra 1962
91% The Guns of Navarone Maria 1961
No Score Yet Antigoni (Antigone) (Rites for the Dead) Actor 1961
No Score Yet Tribute to a Bad Man Jocasta Constantine 1956
No Score Yet Teodora, imperatrice di Bisanzio (Theodora, Slave Empress) Actor 1954
No Score Yet The Unfaithfuls Mrs. Azzali 1953


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