Katina Paxinou Overview:

Actress, Katina Paxinou, was born Ekaterini Konstantopoulou on Dec 17, 1900 in Piraeus, Greece. Paxinou died at the age of 72 on Feb 22, 1973 in Athens, Greece and was laid to rest in First Cemetery in Athens, Greece.



Katina Paxinou was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actress for For Whom the Bell Tolls (as Pilar) in 1943.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1943Best Supporting ActressFor Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)PilarWon

She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Katina Paxinou Quotes:

Mona Constanza Zoppo: [responding to a noise outside her cottage which has disturbed her dog] Mice, rabbits, cats - a widow's dog never rests.

Pilar: Look I am ugly. Yet one can have a feeling here [points to her heart] that blinds a man while he loves you. He thinks you are beautiful. And one day for no reason at all he sees you ugly as you really are. And he is not blind anymore. Then you see yourself as ugly as he sees you - and you lose your man and your feeling. Then one day the feeling, that idiotic feeling that you are beautiful, grows inside you again and another man sees you and thinks you are beautiful and it's all to do over again. Now I'm past it. But it still might come again.

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First non-American actress to win an Oscar for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role"

Grandmother of Alexandros Antonopoulos

She and her husband, stage director/actor Alex Minotis, were generally considered the Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne of their theatre generation. Their greatest fame came after their return to Greece from Hollywood in the 50s when they rejoined the (now renamed) Greek National Theatre and participated in such acclaimed productions as "Hecuba," "Oedipus Rex" and "Medea.".

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