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Irene Papas

Highest Rated:   95% Z (1969)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
86% Zorba the Greek
  • The Widow
2005
76% A Talking Picture (Um Filme Falado)
  • Helena
2004
29% 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
41% Into the Night
  • Shaheen Parvizi
1985
No Score Yet Eréndira
  • The great-mother
1983
80% 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 Cristo si è Fermato a Eboli (Christ Stopped at Eboli)
  • Giulia Venere
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
No Score Yet Don't Torture a Duckling
  • Actor
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
42% Anne of the Thousand Days
  • Queen Katherine
1969
95% 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
No Score Yet The Moon-Spinners
  • Sophia
1964
No Score Yet Electra
  • Electra
1962
95% 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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