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“You must understand what the Parthenon Marbles mean to us. They are our pride. They are our sacrifices. They are our noblest symbol of excellence. They are a tribute to the democratic philosophy. They are our aspirations and our name. They are the essence of Greekness.”
Melina Mercouri in "Never on Sunday" (Ποτέ την Κυριακή) 1960
Melina Mercouri (Greek: Μελίνα Μερκούρη, born as Maria Amalia Mercouri, Μαρία Αμαλία Μερκούρη; 18 October 1920 – 6 March 1994), was a Greek actress, singer and politician.
Melina Mercouri in 1964 film Topkapi
Melina Mercouri - Modern Greece never had a better embasador than her. Her smile and laugh were contagious as evidenced in the great film, "Never On Sunday". Her work as an actress was preparation for her important role as Greece's Cultural Minister where she fought a brave and worthy battle for the return of the "Elgin Marbles" to Greece. She stared in a documentary about Athens in the 80s that was fabulous. Love to see it again someday!