Born on September 3, 1926, Irene Papas was an iconic Greek actress who went beyond the narrow limits of her own country to make a career abroad.
Known as a symbol of Greek beauty, she became a representative of Mediterranean culture with her acting skills and spirit making her one of the most important females in theatre and cinema of her time.
Born to parents who were teachers, Irene first appeared in the artistic field at the age of 15 as a singer and dancer. She went on to study at the Drama School of the National Theatre and in the first few years of her career she collaborated with various entertainers.
Appearing in many award-winning films such as ‘The Lake of Sighs’ (1959), ‘Antigone’ (1961) and the famous ‘The Guns of Navarone’, Irene always tackled important female roles which fully embodied the power of tragedy. She was also heavily recognised for her deep expressive voice and her dynamic personality.
Irene Papas passed away on September 12, 2022 at the age of 93.