Irene Papas and Vangelis Papathanassiou honoured at the Oscars 2023

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Legendary Greek actress Irene Papas and Oscar-winning composer Vangelis Papathanassiou, who both passed away last year, were commemorated at the Oscars on Sunday night.

The ‘In Memoriam’ segment is one of the Oscars’ most cherished traditions as it honours industry veterans who have died over the course of the year.

Papas passed away at the age of 96 last year. The actress starred in over 70 films in a career spanning more than 50 years.

In 1961, Pappas starred in The Guns of Navarone and in 1964 in Cacoyannis’ Zorba the Greek, which catapulted her into international stardom. One of her last film appearances was in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin in 2001.

Vangelis Papathanassiou, known globally as Vangelis, died in Paris at the age of 79 last year.

Vangelis is best-known for writing the unforgettable Academy Award-winning score for the film Chariots of Fire. He also scored the soundtracks for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982), Roman Polanski’s Bitter Moon (1992), and Oliver Stone’s Alexander (2004), among many others.

Both are among a long list of other iconic stars which featured in the ‘In Memoriam’ video including Olivia Newton John, who died in August 2022 after a long battle with breast cancer.

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