Renowned Greek actress Anna Kalouta breathed her last after a health problem. She was 92. She will be laid to rest Tuesday at the Athens First Cemetery. Her death marked the end of an era. Born in Athens in 1918, she graduated the Ionian School. However, it was the theatre that she put her heart and soul to, numbering several appearance s in Greek movies. She also took up choreography and direction. She was only four years old when, along with her sister Maria (she died in 2006) landed their first role at the Marika Kotopouli theatre.
She had been touring Europe, America, Australia, Africa and New Zealand for 15 years, while she played on almost all important theaters worldwide.
Along with her sister, she recorded several albums both in Greece and beyond. Her last role was in a movie by Pantelis Voulgaris entitled “Eleftherios Venizelos.”
She was a member of the Greek Actors Association. Anna Kalouta was awarded by the Greek embassies for her tours. She was also awarded by the Greek army for the troops’ entertainment during the 1940 war.
The Culture Ministry issued an announcement reading: “The Culture Ministry’s leadership has to express its most heartfelt sorrow over the death of Anna Kalouta, a leading figure of the Greek theatre, who passed away yesterday [Saturday]. Anna Kalouta lived her entirely life on stage and her name was associated with the theatre. Born in Athens in 1918, she first appeared on stage at the age of 4, and along with her sister Mary they were the prodigies of the interwar period. As a woman living in tough times, she was a symbol of emancipation. Her versatile talent, her energy, her mentality, courtesy, ethos shining even a few hours before dying will be forever etched in memory.”
LAOS (Popular Orthodox Rally) Giorgos Karatzaferis said: “The death of such a great Greek actress is a great loss not only for the world of theatre but a great loss for our culture.”
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