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Irene Papas
Irene Papas
or Irene Pappas (Greek: Ειρήνη Παππά; born 3 September 1926) is a retired Greek actress and occasional singer, who has starred in over 70 films in a career spanning more than 50 years. She became famous in Greece, and then an international star of feature films such as The Guns of Navarone and Zorba the Greek. She was a powerful presence as a Greek heroine in films including The Trojan Women, Iphigenia, and played the eponymous parts in Antigone (1961) and Electra (1962). Papas won Best Actress awards in 1961 at the Berlin International Film Festival for Antigone and in 1971 from the National Board of Review for The Trojan Women. She received career awards in 1993, the Golden Arrow Award at Hamptons International Film
Festival, and in 2009, the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale.


1 Personal life 2 Film
career 3 Theatre career 4 Singing 5 Politics 6 Awards and honours 7 Filmography 8 References 9 External links

Personal life[edit] Papas was born as Irini Lelekou (Ειρήνη Λελέκου) in Chiliomodi, outside Corinth, Greece. Her mother was a schoolteacher, and her father taught classical drama.[1] She was educated at the Royal School of Dramatic Art in Athens, taking classes in dance and singing.[2] She serves on the board of directors of the Anna-Marie Foundation.[3] She stated in an interview that her father was of Arvanite Greek descent.[4] Film

Papas in a publicity still for The Trojan Women (1971)

Papas began her film career in Greece, being discovered by Elia Kazan, and achieved widespread fame there. She then starred in internationally renowned films such as The Guns of Navarone (1961) and Zorba the Greek (1964), and critically acclaimed films such as Z (1969). She was a leading figure in cinematic transcriptions of ancient tragedy, portraying Helen in The Trojan Women (1971) opposite Katharine Hepburn, Clytemnestra
in Iphigenia (1977), and the eponymous parts in Antigone (1961) and Electra (1962).[5] She appeared as Catherine of Aragon
Catherine of Aragon
in Anne of the Thousand Days, opposite Richard Burton and Geneviève Bujold
Geneviève Bujold
in 1969. In 1976, she starred in Mohammad, Messenger of God
Mohammad, Messenger of God
(also known as The Message) about the origin of Islam, and the message of Mohammad. In 1982, she appeared in Lion of the Desert, together with Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed, Rod Steiger, and John Gielgud. One of her last film appearances was in Captain Corelli's Mandolin in 2001.[6][2] The Treccani Enciclopedia Italiana describes Papas as a typical Mediterranean beauty, with a lovely voice both in singing and acting, greatly talented and with an adventurous spirit.[2] In the view of film critic Philip Kemp, Papas was an awe-inspiring presence, which paradoxically limited her career. He admired her roles in the films of Michael Cacoyannis, including the defiant Helen of Troy in The Trojan Women; the vengeful, grief-stricken Clytemnestra
in Iphigenia; and "memorably"[5] as the cool but sensual widow in Zorba the Greek.[5] The film critic Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
observed that there were many "pretty girls" in cinema "but not many women", and called Papas a great actress. Ebert noted her uphill struggle, her height limiting the leading men she could play alongside, her accent limiting the roles she could take, and "her unusual beauty is not the sort that superstar actresses like to compete with."[7] Ordinary actors, he suggested, had trouble sharing the screen with Papas. All the same, her presence in many well-known movies, wrote Ebert, inspired "something of a cult".[7] Theatre career[edit] Papas began her acting career in variety and traditional theatre, in plays by Ibsen, Shakespeare, and classical Greek tragedy, before moving into film in 1951.[2] Later in her career, she took the eponymous role of Medea in a 1973 production of Euripides's play. Reviewing the production in The New York Times, Clive Barnes described her as a "very fine, controlled Medea", smouldering with a "carefully dampened passion", constantly fierce.[8] Singing[edit] In 1969, the RCA label released Papas' vinyl LP, Songs of Theodorakis (INTS 1033). This has 11 folk songs sung in Greek, conducted by Harry Lemonopoulos and produced by Andy Wiswell, with sleeve notes in English by Michael Cacoyannis.[9] It was released on CD in 2004 (FM 1680).[10] Papas knew Mikis Theodorakis
Mikis Theodorakis
from working with him on Zorba the Greek[5] as early as 1964. In 1972, she appeared on the album 666 by the Greek rock group Aphrodite's Child
Aphrodite's Child
on the track "∞" (infinity). She chants "I was, I am, I am to come" repeatedly and wildly over a percussive backing, causing controversy with her "graphic orgasm".[11][12] In 1979, Polydor released her solo album of eight Greek folk songs entitled Odes, with electronic music performed (and partly composed) by Vangelis
Papathanassiou.[13] The lyrics were co-written by Arianna Stassinopoulos.[14] They collaborated again in 1986 for Rapsodies, an electronic rendition of seven Byzantine liturgical hymns, also on Polydor.[15] Politics[edit] Papas was a member of the Communist Party of Greece
Communist Party of Greece
(KKE), and in 1967 called for a "cultural boycott" against the "Fourth Reich", meaning the military government of Greece at that time.[16] Awards and honours[edit]

1961: 11th Berlin International Film
Festival (Best Actress, for the film Antigone)[17] 1971: National Board of Review
National Board of Review
(Best Actress, for the film The Trojan Women)[18] 1993: Golden Arrow Award for lifetime achievement, at Hamptons International Film
Festival[19] 2009: Leone d'oro alla carriera (Golden Lion career award), Venice Biennale[20]


Fallen Angels (1948 film) (Greek, "Hamenoi angeloi", 1948) as Liana[21] Dead City (Greek, "Nekri Politeia", 1951)[5] as Lena Torna!
(1953) The Man from Cairo
The Man from Cairo
(1953)[5] The Unfaithfuls
The Unfaithfuls
(Italian, "Le Infideli", 1953)[5] Dramma del Casbah (1953)[5] Vortice[5] Theodora, Slave Empress
Theodora, Slave Empress
(Italian, "Teodora, Imperatrice di Bisanzio", 1954)[5] Attila (1954)[5] Tribute to a Bad Man
Tribute to a Bad Man
(1956)[5] The Power and the Prize
The Power and the Prize
(1956)[5] Climax!
(1958) (TV) Bouboulina (1959) The Guns of Navarone (1961) as Maria[5] Antigone (1961)[5] Electra (1962) as Electra[5] The Moon-Spinners
The Moon-Spinners
(1964) as Sophia[5] Zorba the Greek (1964) as the widow[5] Zeugin aus der Hölle (de) ("Witness out of Hell", 1966)[5] Roger la Honte (1966) as Freda[5] We Still Kill the Old Way
We Still Kill the Old Way
(1967)[5] The Desperate Ones (1967)[5] L'Odissea
(1968) (TV miniseries)[5] The Brotherhood (1968)[5] Ecce Homo - I sopravvissuti (it) (1968) Z (1969) as Helene[5] A Dream of Kings (1969) as Caliope[5] Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) as Queen Katherine[5] Oasis of Fear
Oasis of Fear
(1971) The Trojan Women (1971) as Helen of Troy[5] Roma Bene
Roma Bene
(1971) as Elena Teopoulos[5] 1931: Once Upon a Time in New York (1972) as Donna Mimma[5] Don't Torture a Duckling
Don't Torture a Duckling
(Italian, "Non si servizia un paperino", 1972)[5] N.P. - Il segreto (it) (1973) The Battle of Sutjeska (1973) I'll Take Her Like a Father
I'll Take Her Like a Father
(1974) Moses the Lawgiver
Moses the Lawgiver
(Italian, "Mose", 1974) (TV miniseries) as Zipporah[5] Mohammad, Messenger of God
Mohammad, Messenger of God
(1976) as Hind[5] Blood Wedding (Spanish, "Bodas de Sangre", 1977) Iphigenia (1977) as Clytemnestra[5] Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979) as Giulia[5] Bloodline (1979) as Simonetta Palazza[5] Ring of Darkness (it) (1979) Lion of the Desert
Lion of the Desert
(1981) as Mabrouka[5] L'assistente sociale tutto pepe (1981) Eréndira (1983) as the grandmother[5] Il disertore
Il disertore
(1983) as Mariangela[5] Melvin, Son of Alvin (1984) Into the Night (1985) as Shaheen Parvizi[5] The Assisi Underground (1985) Sweet Country (1987) Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1987) High Season (1987) A Child Called Jesus (1987) (TV film) Island (1989) Nirvana Street Murder (1990) Jacob (1994) (TV film) Party (1996) as Irene[5] The Odyssey (1997) (TV miniseries) as Anticlea[5] Anxiety ("Inquietude", 1998) as the mother[5] Yerma (1998)[5] Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) as Drosoula[6] A Talking Picture
A Talking Picture
(2003) as Helena


^ Profile, filmreference.com; accessed 30 April 2015. ^ a b c d "PAPAS, Irene, nata Lelekou". Treccani (Enciclopedia Italiana). 1994. Retrieved 28 February 2017.  ^ "Press Conference on the developments regarding the 'Anna-Maria' Foundation", greekroyalfamily.org, 28 August 2003. ^ "Aktorja legjendare greke: Jam shqiptare ose gjysmëshqiptare" (in Albanian).  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar "Papas, Irene". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 27 February 2017. ; Kemp, Philip (2001). "Irene Papas". International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. Gale Group.  ^ a b Elley, Derek (24 April 2001). "Review: 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin'". Variety. Retrieved 27 February 2017.  ^ a b Ebert, Roger (13 July 1969). "Interview with Irene Papas". Retrieved 27 February 2017.  ^ Barnes, Clive (18 January 1973). "Stage: Circle Presents New 'Medea'". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 February 2017.  ^ " Irene Papas
Irene Papas
– Songs Of Theodorakis (RCA Victor International – FSP-215)". Discogs. 1968. Retrieved 6 March 2018.  ^ "Irene Pappas* - Sings Mikis Theodorakis
Mikis Theodorakis
(FM Records - FM 1680)". Discogs. 2004. Retrieved 6 March 2018.  ^ Dome, Malcolm (27 January 2015). "Malcolm Dome looks back on the impact of Aphrodite's Child's mythic prog masterpiece". Retrieved 27 February 2017. The band's label, Mercury, were certainly left bemused. In fact, they were so horrified by the scope and challenge of the double album that they initially refused to release it. In particular, Papas' graphic orgasm during Infinity struck the wrong chord with them. Eventually, the company relented and agreed to put it out on their Vertigo imprint.  ^ Henshaw, Laurie (19 August 1972). "The Greeks have a word for it". Melody Maker. Retrieved 27 February 2017.  ^ " Vangelis
& Irene Papas
Irene Papas
- Odoes [sic]". Record Collector.  ^ " Irene Papas
Irene Papas
- Odes (Polydor - 2473 109)". Discogs. Retrieved 6 March 2018.  ^ " Irene Papas
Irene Papas
- Rapsodies". Vangelismovements.com. Retrieved 2016-11-13.  ^ "Irene Pappas Asks Boycott Of Greece's 'Fourth Reich'". The New York Times. 20 July 1967. Retrieved 27 February 2017.  ^ "IMDB.com: Awards for Antigone". imdb.com. Retrieved 2010-01-21.  ^ "Awards for 1971". National Board of Review. Archived from the original on 16 March 2004. Retrieved 8 March 2017.  ^ "Awards at Hamptons Film
Festival". The New York Times. 25 October 1993. Retrieved 6 March 2018.  ^ " Irene Papas
Irene Papas
Leone d' oro alla carriera". La Repubblica (in Italian). 20 February 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2018. Noi italiani la ricordiamo ancora come la bella Penelope dell' Odissea tv (anno 1969): Irene Papas
Irene Papas
la grande attrice greca, riceve alle 18 il Leone d' oro alla carriera del Festival Internazionale del Teatro della Biennale di Venezia diretto da Maurizio Scaparro dedicato al Mediterraneo che si apre oggi. L' attrice interpreterà "Medea", nell' originale di Euripide e nella riscrittura di Corrado Alvaro.  ^ "Irene Papas". Cinemagraphe. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 

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