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Melina Mercouri

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.

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Oct 18, 1920 In Athens, Greece
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Stella 1955-04-04
Latest Project:
Movie Melina Stop Frame - In Search of Modern Greekness 2020-10-20
Known For
Poster of Melina Stop Frame - In Search of Modern Greekness
Poster of V.I.P. Schaukel
Poster of 38-24-36
Poster of Discorama
Movie Melina Stop Frame - In Search of Modern Greekness (Archival Footage) 2020-10-20
Movie A Dream of Passion Maya / Medea 1978-05-21
Movie Nasty Habits Sister Gertrude 1977-03-18
Movie Τραγούδια της φωτιάς Unknown 1975-02-10
Movie Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough Karla 1975-06-20
Movie The Rehearsal 1974-01-01
Series Samedi soir self 1971-01-09
Series V.I.P. Schaukel Unknown 1971-05-09
Movie Promise at Dawn Nina Kacewa 1970-11-25
Movie Gaily, Gaily Lil 1969-12-16
Series Wünsch dir was herself 1969-12-20
Movie A Man Could Get Killed Aurora / Celeste da Costa 1966-03-25
Movie 10:30 P.M. Summer Maria 1966-10-24
Movie The Uninhibited Jenny 1965-06-08
Series Die Drehscheibe herself 1964-04-01
Movie Topkapi Elizabeth Lipp 1964-09-02
Movie 38-24-36 Self 1963-01-01
Movie The Victors Magda 1963-11-22
Movie Phaedra Phaedra 1962-01-01
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Movie Vive Henri IV... vive l'amour! Marie de Médicis 1961-04-04
Movie The Last Judgment Foreign lady 1961-10-26
Movie Never on Sunday Ilya 1960-05-24
Movie The Law Donna Lucrezia 1959-01-25
Series Discorama Self 1959-02-04
Movie The Gypsy and the Gentleman Belle 1958-01-15
Movie He Who Must Die Katerina 1957-05-03
Movie Stella Stella 1955-04-04