Job Actress, Member of the Hellenic Parliament, Minister for Culture of Greece
Top Roles Donna Lucrezia, Elizabeth Lipp, Lil, Stella, Phaedra
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Film Adaptation, Adventure, War
Top TopicsBook-Based, Heist, Romance (Drama)
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Melina Mercouri Overview:

Actress, Melina Mercouri, was born Maria Amalia Mercouri on Oct 18, 1920 in Athens, Greece. Mercouri died at the age of 73 on Mar 6, 1994 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in First Cemetery in Athens, Greece.



Although Mercouri was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1960Best ActressNever on Sunday (1960)IlyaNominated

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Melina Mercouri Quotes:

Phaedra: Don't come to Greece.

Elizabeth Lipp: Do you mind that I am a nymphomaniac?
Walter Harper: It's your most endearing quality.
Elizabeth Lipp: Don't waste it - use it.

Elizabeth Lipp: I'm beginning to wonder if anything is real.

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Melina Mercouri Facts
In 1953, Ellie Lambeti gave to Melina Mercouri the award "Marika Kotopouli" for best female performance in the theater.

Another festival was presented in Greece in 2002 honoring the couple Melina Mercouri-Jules Dassin, and including all favorites movies of the two stars, like Never on Sunday (1960), Topkapi (1964), etc.

Melina claimed that her lucky number was 18, because Dassin was born on 18th of December, her grandfather, the mayor of Athens, Spyros Merkouris was born on 18th of June, and she met Jules Dassin in Cannes on May 18th 1955.

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