Legendary Greek actress, Irene Papas, passes away aged 96

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Legendary Greek actress Irene Papas has passed away at the age of 96, the Greek Culture Ministry announced. 

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.

In 1995, she received the award of Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the then Greek President Kostis Stefanopoulos.

In 2018, it was announced that she had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for five years.

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