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Beloved Greek Actress Martha Karagianni Dies at 83

Martha Karagianni
Martha Karagianni was a beloved actress and a Greek cinema symbol especially in the 1960s. Public Domain

Martha Karagianni, a Greek actress who associated her career with the blooming of Greek cinema in the 1960s died in Athens on Sunday. She was 83.

She starred in many films, 19 of which were produced by Finos Film, a production company that dominated the Greek film industry from 1943 to 1977. It was founded by Filopimin Finos in 1942 during World War II.

Karagianni was born in 1939, in Athens and grew up in the neighborhood of Keratsini. She studied ballet and made her first screen appearance in Madame X (1956).

Three years later, in 1957, she made her stage debut. She alternated theater and cinema for the next few years, but her real breakthrough came in the early 1960s, when she started appearing in a series of films directed by her screen mentor Giannis Dalianidis; all of them were musicals and comedies and made her extremely popular.

Her stage work includes Mikis Theodorakis “Omorphi poli”, Joe Masteroff’s “Cabaret” (as Sally Bowles), Nell Dunn’s “Steaming” and many Greek comedies. She also starred in some TV series.

Martha Karagianni is the third loss for the Greek cinema this past week.

Kostas Kazakos, a prominent Greek actor, director, and politician, died on Tuesday in Athens. He was eighty-seven years old.

On Wednesday Irene Papas, perhaps one of the most important Greek actors of her generation passed away at 92.

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