Melina Mercouri

Melina Mercouri

Highest Rated: 90% Topkapi (1964)

Lowest Rated: 20% Phaedra (1962)

Birthday: Oct 18, 1920

Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Fiery, smoky-voiced Greek stage and screen actress with green eyes and natural blonde hair, adept at both drama and comedy. Melina Mercouri was in many ways a parallel figure to stars ranging from Hollywoodites Susan Hayward and Joan Crawford to Italy's Sophia Loren and Anna Magnani, with a star persona manifesting an outsize personality, a penchant for melodrama and a riveting lust for life. An established stage performer by the early 1950s, she made her film debut as a free-living bouzouki cafe singer in 1955 in Michael Cacoyannis' Greek-language film, "Stella," which was expressly written for her. Mercouri achieved international stardom with a number of features directed by the expatriate American director Jules Dassin, whom she married in 1966 and with whom she collaborated on nine films. Among these, audiences probably best remember Mercouri's delightful, performance as a sentimental, happy-go-lucky prostitute in her signature film, "Never on Sunday" (1960). She also brought her volatile screen persona to "Phaedra" (1961), an old-fashioned star vehicle disguised as updated Greek mythology, and was suitably tongue-in-cheek in the enjoyable caper escapade, "Topkapi" (1964) and middling spy adventure, "A Man Could Get Killed" (1966).

Highest rated movies

Topkapi
Never on Sunday
Where the Hot Wind Blows
Gaily, Gaily
Phaedra

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Dream of Passion Maya/Medea (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 44% Nasty Habits Sister Gertrude (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 11% Once Is Not Enough Karla (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rehearsal Unknown (Character),
Producer
- 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Promise at Dawn Nina Kacewa (Character) - 1971
50% No Score Yet Gaily, Gaily Lil (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Uninhibited Jenny (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 33% A Man Could Get Killed Aurora/Celeste da Costa (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 29% 10:30 P.M. Summer Maria (Character) - 1966
90% 67% Topkapi Elizabeth Lipp (Character) - 1964
20% 33% Phaedra Phaedra (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Judgment Foreign lady (Character) - 1961
67% 83% Never on Sunday Ilya (Character) - 1960
60% 59% Where the Hot Wind Blows Donna Lucrezia (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gypsy and the Gentleman Belle (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 79% He Who Must Die Katerina/Mary Magdalene (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 89% Stella Stella (Character) - 1955

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1962 1967