Melina Mercouri

Melina Mercouri

  • Highest Rated: 90% Topkapi (1964)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% Gaily, Gaily (1969)
  • Birthday: Oct 18, 1920
  • Birthplace: Athens, Greece
  • Vibrant, intensely free-spirited Greek actress Melina Mercouri was the daughter of a prominent Athenian politician. Much against the desires of her parents, she became an actress in her teens, enrolling in the National Theater of Greece and entering films in 1955. In 1960 she gained international stardom (and a shelf full of industry awards) for her portrayal of a vivacious Piraeus prostitute in Never on Sunday; the film was directed by American expatriate Jules Dassin, who helmed several subsequent Mercouri films (Topkapi was the best) and in 1966 became her second husband. When Greece was overtaken by a military junta in 1966, Mercouri ardently protested this affront to the world's oldest democracy. As a result, her citizenship was revoked, and from 1967 through 1974 she was denied re-entry into her native country. In 1977, she made a triumphant return to her former home turf glory when she was elected to the Greek Parliament. From 1981 through 1985, Mercouri served as Greece's Minister of Culture and Sciences, and from 1985 until 1989 was her country's Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports. She was also one of the founders of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement. In the U.S., Melina Mercouri made her Broadway debut in the 1965 musical version of Never on Sunday, Illya Darling.


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No Score Yet Kravgi Gynaikon (A Dream of Passion) Maya / Medea 1978
No Score Yet The Cousteau Odyssey Actor 1978
No Score Yet Nasty Habits Gertrude 1977
No Score Yet Jacqueline Susann's 'Once Is Not Enough' Karla 1975
No Score Yet The Rehearsal Actor 1974
No Score Yet Promise at Dawn Nina Kacewa 1971
60% Gaily, Gaily Actor 1969
No Score Yet A Man Could Get Killed (Welcome, Mr. Beddoes) Aurora/Celeste da Costa 1966
No Score Yet 10:30 P.M. Summer Maria 1966
90% Topkapi Elizabeth Lipp 1964
No Score Yet The Victors Magda 1963
No Score Yet Phaedra Phaedra 1962
No Score Yet The Last Judgement (Il giudizio universale) Actor 1961
No Score Yet The Law (La legge) Donna Lucrezia 1960
78% Never on Sunday Illia 1960
89% Law Actor 1958
No Score Yet He Who Must Die Katerina 1957
No Score Yet Stella Stella 1956


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