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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Melina Mercouri (Greek: Μελίνα Μερκούρη), born as Maria Amalia Mercouri (October 18, 1920, Athens, Greece – March 6, 1994, New York City, New York) was a Greek actress, singer and politician.

As an actress she made her film debut in Stella (1955) and met international success with her performances in Never on Sunday, Phaedra, Topkapi and Promise at Dawn. She won the award for Best Actress at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival, and she was also nominated for an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and two BAFTA Awards.

A political activist during the Greek military junta of 1967–1974, she became a member of the Hellenic Parliament in 1977 and the first female Minister for Culture of Greece in 1981. Mercouri was the person who, in 1983, conceived and proposed the programme of the European Capital of Culture, which has been established by the European Union since 1985.

She was a strong advocate for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, which were removed from the Parthenon and are now displayed in the British Museum, to Athens. Description above from the Wikipedia article Melina Mercouri, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Melina Mercouri (Greek: Μελίνα Μερκούρη), born as Maria Amalia Mercouri (October 18, 1920, Athens, Greece – March 6, 1994, New York City, New York) was a Greek actress, singer and politician.

As an actress she made her film debut in Stella (1955) and met international success with her performances in Never on Sunday, Phaedra, Topkapi and Promise at Dawn. She won the award for Best Actress at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival, and she was also nominated for an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and two BAFTA Awards.

A political activist during the Greek military junta of 1967–1974, she became a member of the Hellenic Parliament in 1977 and the first female Minister for Culture of Greece in 1981. Mercouri was the person who, in 1983, conceived and proposed the programme of the European Capital of Culture, which has been established by the European Union since 1985.

She was a strong advocate for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, which were removed from the Parthenon and are now displayed in the British Museum, to Athens. Description above from the Wikipedia article Melina Mercouri, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 22

Birthday 1920-10-18

Day of Death 1994-03-06

Place of Birth Athens, Greece

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1978 A Dream of Passion
1977 Nasty Habits as Sister Gertrude
1975 Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough as Karla
1974 The Rehearsal
1971 V.I.P. Schaukel (1 episode)
1970 Promise at Dawn as Nina Kacewa
1969 Gaily, Gaily as Lil
1966 10:30 P.M. Summer as Maria
1966 A Man Could Get Killed as Aurora / Celeste da Costa
1965 The Uninhibited as Jenny
1964 Topkapi as Elizabeth Lipp
1963 The Victors as Magda
1963 38-24-36 as Herself
1962 Phaedra as Phaedra
1961 The Last Judgment as Foreign lady
1961 Vive Henri IV... vive l'amour! as Marie de Médicis
1960 Never on Sunday as Ilya
1959 The Law as Donna Lucrezia
1958 The Gypsy and the Gentleman as Belle
1957 He Who Must Die as Katerina
1956 Cinépanorama (52 episodes)
1955 Stella as Stella

Production

1974 The Rehearsal Producer

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