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Jenny Karezi

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Birthplace:   Athens, Greece
When Jenny Karezi died on 27 of July 1992 from cancer, she had 37 years of career in the cultural life of Greece under her belt; gaining massive popularity and critical acclaim. Born in 1932 in North Greece, Jenny Karezi, was initially named Eygenia Karpoyzi. Her father was a mathematician and her mother a high school teacher. In Thessaloniki she studied in a private French school and became fluent in French. Her father left the family when she was a teenager. In 1951 Jenny was accepted in the state theatre school, named Ethniko, and her teachers were the important director Dimitris Rontiris and the author of classic novels and theatre plays Aggelos Terzakis. Her first appearance in the theatre was in the theatre of the great actress Marika Kotopouli, together with Melina Mercouri and Vassilis Daiamantopoulosn in the French comedy, The beautiful Helen. She became an instant success. She continued starring in theatrical plays of Lorka, Shakespeare, Miller, Tolstoy and plays of Greek contemporary writers like Psatha, Fotiadi and Kampanelli. Her first appearance in cinema was in the movie Laterna ftoheia kai filotimo (1955)which was a massive success. Her films of the period were also popular, like the sequel to her first movie, Laterna ftoheia kai garyfallo (1957), Nisi ton genaion, To (1959). In this film she sang one song of the Oscar winner Hadjidakis, a classic one named 'Mi ton rotas ton ourano' - Do not ask the sky. (Later this song was sung by Brenda Lee under the title 'All alone am I', and was a success in USA and Europe). During the filming of Kontserto gia polyvola (1967), she met Kostas Kazakos, the love of her life as she continuously said. Together they formed a popular duo. In 1973 they produced the play To megalo mas tsirko - Our great circus, which was humiliating the Greek dictatorship (1967-1974), and for this reason they spent several nights in prison. During these years Jenny gave birth to her only child. Kostas Kazakos. Jenny continued to produce and star in difficult plays in the following decades, like Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf in 1982, directed by Jules Dassin, Medea of Eyripidis in 1985, Hlektra of Sophocles in 1987. Her last appearance in film was in her production of Lysistrati (1972) in 1972, which was a commercial flop. Jenny appeared for the last time in theatre in 1990 in the Greek play, 'Lula Anagnostaki, Diamantia kai mlouz', Diamonds and blues. Meanwhile she suffered from cancer, was in terrible pain and she had to stop her appearances in order to continue with her treatment. Jenny died on 27 July 1992. Her family founded the foundation Jenny Karezi, for people who suffer great pains from cancer.



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