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Melina Mercouri

( b. Oct 18, 1920 Athens, GREECE - d. Mar 06, 1994 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Also known as: Maria Amalia Mercouris [Birthname]
Relations: Wife of Jules Dassin (1966 - 1994) her death

Melina Mercouri starred in many of Jules Dassin's movies, and married him in 1967. That same year, she lost her Greek citizenship for engaging in what Greece's rightist government called "anti-national activities" for not supporting fascism. In 1970, Mr. Dassin was accused of sponsoring a plot to overthrow the junta. The charges were later dropped but they lived in exile in Paris until the regime lost power in 1974.

Mercouri then returned to Greece, entered politics and was elected to the Greek Parliament in 1977. She was the first woman to hold a Senior cabinet post "Minister of Culture" in the Greek government. In 1971 she wrote her autobiography titled "I Was Born Greek."

She appeared on Broadway in Illya Darling and Lysistrata.

ProductionsDate of Productions
[Play, Comedy, Play with music, Revival]
  • Performer: Melina Mercouri [Lysistrata]
Nov 13, 1972 - Nov 18, 1972
Illya Darling
[Musical, Original]
  • Starring: Melina Mercouri [Illya]
Apr 11, 1967 - Jan 13, 1968
1968 Tony Award® Best Actress in a Musical
Illya Darling [nominee]
Starring: Melina Mercouri
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