Irene Papas. Greek actress who excelled in international roles. Favourite in Zorba The Greek. The Messenger. Guns Of Navaronne.

Irene Papas - The Grand Dame of Greek actresses with true international recognition. Always played strong women.

Federico Fellini was a huge admirer of her work and she herself said about her acting career that she wanted to play herself, the independent fighter and not sensational parts or to portray desirable women. I quote her further on in the same matter, saying "I never won an Oscar... and the Oscars never won Irene Papas".

Federico Fellini was a huge admirer of her work and she herself said about her…

Irene Papa, actress. Early on she was talked into going to Hollywood for work. There, she was marketed as a "Greek starlet" and had to give typical cheesecake interviews. The statuesque Athena-looking woman would instead end up going into musings (in that deep voice of hers) on Plato's concept of the soul vs  the Epicurean idea of the nature of man. One can only imagine the perplexed reactions.

Irene Papas as Grune in 'Attila' 1954 directed by Pietro Francisci

Irene Papas

A Greek living legend of the theater and motion pictures, glorious Irene Papas. She’s living history. She once said : “I never wanted to play sensational parts, or those of desirable women. I wanted to play me. the independent fighter.

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