IRENE PAPAS Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Irene Papas                                                                   
Birth name: Irene Lelekou                                                           
Born: 3 September 1929 Chilimodion, Corinth, Greece                                 
Irene Papas (born September 3, 1929) is a Greek actress                             
and occasional singer, who has starred in over seventy films in a career             
spanning more than fifty years.                                                     
Irene Papas was born Irini Lelekou in Chiliomodi outside                             
Corinth, Greece. She began her early career in Greece, achieving widespread fame     
there, before starring in internationally renowned films such as The Guns of         
Navarone and Zorba the Greek, and critically acclaimed films such as Z and           
Electra. She is a leading figure in cinematic transcriptions of ancient tragedy     
since she has portrayed Helen in The Trojan Women, Clytemnestra in Iphigenia (film), 
and the homonymous parts in Electra and Antigone. In 1977, she starred in the       
film Mohammad, Messenger of God (also known as The Message) about the origin of     
Islam, and the message of prophet Mohammad.                                         
She has recently appeared in the film, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, and is           
currently working in theatre in Portugal.