A FEMALE LEGEND
Yet, Melina wasn’t mythical. She was an actress and politician. She is world famous for her leading role as a flamboyant prostitute in the 1960 film “Never on Sunday”, but most favourably for her combative spirit against the military junta of 1967-1974 and her desire for Greece to thrive through its cultural heritage.
She then appeared in Paris, in boulevard plays by Jacques Deval and Marcel Achard with whom she had a very good collaboration. While in Paris she met Jean Cocteau, Jean-Paul Sartre, Colette, Francoise Sagan. She was fascinated and her metamorphosis began. In 1953 she received the Marika Kotopouli prize. After 1955 she returns to Greece and stars at the Kotopouli-Rex theatre in many of the plays of the classical repertoire, like Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and Anouilh’s “L’Alouette”.