Job Actress, Member of the Hellenic Parliament, Minister for Culture of Greece
Top Roles Elizabeth Lipp, Donna Lucrezia, Foreign lady, Lil, Stella
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.

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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:

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Elizabeth Lipp: It can be done! That's the way it can be done! Aaah... oh, excuse me; I've just had a great idea - something I've been looking for a long time... a very long time.


Elizabeth Lipp: And where do we find these lily-white innocents?


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


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Melina, as a Minister of Culture, was one of the creators of the European Capital of Culture insitution, which recognizes a city of Europe as the centre of many cultural festivities, every 4 years

Was nominated for Broadway's 1968 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "Illya, Darling," a musicalization of the film Never on Sunday (1960) in which she played the same role.

Ran for mayor of Athens in 1990, but was defeated.

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