who was the Greek actress who disappeared at 96

who was the Greek actress who disappeared at 96
who was the Greek actress who disappeared at 96
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The Greek actress died at 96 Irene Papasknown to the Italian public above all for her interpretation of Penelope in the Rai drama Odyssey. The actress, who had long suffered from Alzheimer’s, retired from the public arena five years ago. Many of her successes also in the cinema, such as The guns of Navarone And Zorba the Greek. Two marriages, the most important one with the director and actor Alkis Papaswhose surname has also kept the divorce, and a secret love story: the one with Marlon Brando.

Farewell to Irene Papas, she was 96 years old

Irene Papas passed away at 96 after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s. In her long career, which lasted over fifty years, the actress he starred in more than 70 films, and numerous TV dramas. In Italy she had become famous on the small screen thanks to the Rai drama Odysseyfrom 1968, in which she played Penelope, but she had already played numerous films in the Bel Paese.

Among his best-known feature films we remember The guns of Navarone (1961), Zorba the Greek (1964), The Trojans (1971), alongside great friend Katharine Hepburn, The lion of the desert (1981) and Captain Corelli’s mandolin (2001) by John Madden.

Irene Papas he has worked with many Italian directors and actorssuch as Totò, Aldo Fabrizi, Steno, Mario Monicelli, Virna Lisi and Nino Manfredi. His passion for our country was great, and he had lived for some periods in Rome. He had released several music albums and collaborated with Greek artists.

She dedicated herself to many social causes, such as helping the people of the rural areas of her beloved Greece, fought against the military government in the 1960s, founded the Irene Papas acting school – Athens School.

Irene, the wedding with Alkis Papas

Few will know that real name was Irene Lelekouchanged only after the wedding with the actor and director Alkis Papas. She became famous with her married surname, she then became her stage name, and she did not change it even after her wedding. The couple married in 1947, only to divorce in 1951.


In a few years the actress managed to far exceed the notoriety of her husband, famous above all in his homeland. The two had no children, and never again spoke in any interview about their shipwrecked marriage.

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Irene Papas was not very lucky in love: she got married with the film producer José Kohn in 1957, but these were canceled.

Secret love with Marlon Brando

After the two lightning marriages, the gossip has no longer reported the names of the companions of Irene Papas, who has been as far from gossip as possible. But it was she, 50 years later, who revealed one overwhelming passion with Marlon Brandoafter the disappearance of the Hollywood star.

We loved each other, Marlon and me – he told a surprise in 2004 – it was many years ago. We had a relationship that no one has ever known about. She happened to be in Rome, where we met by chance. We were young and very happy. I’ve never made any movies with Marlon Brando. Ours was a strong and beautiful love affair. We always kept it secret, we never talked about it. I can only add that we remained friends, even after“.

The article is in Italian

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