Marika Kotopouli

Marika Kotopouli (Greek: Μαρίκα Κοτοπούλη; 3 May 1887 – 11 September 1954) was a Greek stage actress during the first half of the 20th century.

Marika Kotopouli
Born3 May 1887
Died11 September 1954 (aged 67)
Athens, Greece
Spouse(s)Georgios Helmi (m. 1923-19??)


Kotopouli was born on 3 May 1887 in Athens, to Dimitris and Eleni. Her parents were also actors, and Marika's first stage appearance came during one of their tours, in the play "The Coachman of the Alps". She made her official debut in the Royal Theatre in 1903, before going to Paris in 1906 for theatrical studies.

From 1908, she had her own troupe, and theatre, the "Kotopouli Theatre". In this period she developed an intense artistic rivalry with another young actress, Cybele. The two had very devoted fans, and during the National Schism, their rivalry acquired political overtones also: whilst Cybele was favoured by the Venizelists, Kotopouli became a symbol of the royalist camp. In 1912 Kotopouli also had a personal love relationship with Ion Dragoumis, who became a major opponent of the Venizelists and was eventually assassinated. Kotopouli and Cybele collaborated in joint productions from 1932–1934 and again from 1950-52.

She married Georgios Helmi in 1923. Later, with Spyros Melas and Dimitris Myrat, she co-founded and participated in the "Free Scene" (Ελεύθερη Σκηνή, June 1929 to spring 1930), before embarking on a tour of the United States. In 1933, she played in her only movie, the Greek-Turkish production Bad Road, based on a novel by Grigorios Xenopoulos. A new theatre, the Rex, was built specifically for her troupe in Panepistimiou Street in central Athens in 1936. It still stands, as the Rex/Kotopouli theatre, and functions as a branch of the National Theatre of Greece. Her repertoire included many classic plays, both ancient Greek and modern ones, ranging from Aeschylus to Goethe and Ibsen.


Her final appearance was in Syros on 24 March 1953. Kotopouli died on 11 September 1954, aged 67, in her native Athens, from undisclosed causes.[1] She received a state funeral (Cost for her funeral was paid by the State).[2]


During her lifetime, she was honoured with the Gold Cross of the Order of George I in 1921, and with the Education Ministry's arts and letters prize in 1923.

Her home in Zografou was converted into the Marika Kotopouli Museum, which opened in 1990 and features exhibitions of modern art.[3]

The Marika Kotopouli Award was founded in 1951 to honour Greek actors.


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  1. ^ Marika Kotopouli on IMDb
  2. ^ "Η Κοτοπούλη απέθανε χθες εκ συγκοπής", Eleftheria, Kotopouli died yesterady of cardiac arrest, 12 September 1954, p.1. Retrieved on 11-09-2016.
  3. ^ Marika Kotopouli Museum infosite,; accessed 31 March 2015.

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Alexis Minotis (Greek: Αλέξης Μινωτής; born Alexandros Minotakis (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Μινωτάκης); 8 August 1900 – 11 November 1990) was a Greek actor and director.

He first appeared on stage in his native Crete as Chorus Leader and later as Messenger in Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus. From 1925 until 1930, he worked in close collaboration with the famous Greek actress Marika Kotopouli in her own theatre. During this period, he appeared in the great Shakespearan roles in The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Macbeth and played the title role in Hamlet, the first time the play had been staged in Greece. Other roles in the classical repertoire were Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts and Peer Gynt. He expanded his talents by directing ancient Greek tragedies such as Hecuba, Antigone, The Phoenissae, Prometheus Bound, Oedipus at Colonus, as well as Seán O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock, August Strindberg's The Father and Brecht`s Mother Courage.

In 1940, he married the actress Katina Paxinou, and together they appeared in many productions at the National Theatre of Greece in Athens, which was founded in 1930 by Minister of Education George Papandreou.

In 1946, he went to Hollywood to appear in Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious with Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains. In the same year, he also appeared with Robert Cummings and Michèle Morgan in The Chase. His other films include Siren of Atlantis (1949) with Maria Montez, Boy on a Dolphin (1957) with Sophia Loren, and Land of the Pharaohs (1955) with Joan Collins.

In 1955, he directed Katina Paxinou in Euripides' Hecuba for the National Theatre of Greece at The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus and starred in Oedipus Rex as well as directing. In 1956, he made his first appearance in Oedipus at Colonus. The production received great acclaim, and Minotis went on a long international tour with the company.

He appeared on Broadway in Electra with the Marika Kotopouli company in 1930-31 and in Oedipus Tyrannus with the National Theatre of Greece in 1952.

In 1958, Minotis directed Maria Callas in a production of Medea presented in Dallas. The production was then seen at Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala and Epidaurus. He also directed the Greek National Opera production of Norma with Callas in Epidaurus in 1961.

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The cemetery is located behind the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathinaiko Stadium in central Athens. It can be found at the top end of Anapafseos Street (Eternal Rest Street). It is a large green space with pines and cypresses.

In the cemetery there are three churches. The main one is the Church of Saint Theodores and there is also a smaller one dedicated to Saint Lazarus. The third church of Saint Charles is a Catholic church. The cemetery includes several impressive tombs such as those of Heinrich Schliemann, designed by Ernst Ziller; Ioannis Pesmazoglou; Georgios Averoff; and one tomb with a famous sculpture of a dead young girl called I Koimomeni ("The Sleeping Girl") and sculpted by Yannoulis Chalepas from the island of Tinos. There are also burial areas for Protestants and Jews, however, this segregation is not compulsory.

The cemetery is under the Municipality of Athens and is declared an historical monument.

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Marika Kotopouli Museum

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The premises of National Conservatoire have moved around Athens over its lifetime. From its initial location in Irakleitou 6, it moved to Dorou 3 (1932), Solomou and G. Septemvriou (1935), and Solomou 67 and Aristotelous (1940). Its current location is Maizonos 8 and its artistic director is Periklis Koukos.

Higher School of Dramatic Arts of the Greek National Conservatoire 1926-1984 Founder:Manolis Kalomiris. The first collaborators: Marika Kotopouli, Thanos Tragas

The Higher School of Dramatic Arts was founded as an Department of Theatrical Studies of the Greek National Conservatoire, in Athens in 1926 and recognized by the greek state in 1959 (official recognition: ΦΕΚ 44/7 Φεβρουαρίου 1959. τ' Β' [Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως] Αριθ. 402/19).

Lessons: Dramatic Art (Narrative Pantomime, Miming/mimetic mode - training methods, improvisation, vocal projection, scene-work, audition techniques), History and philosophy of theatre, History of Neo-hellenic Literature, General History of Arts, Aesthetic,Dance-rhythmic art , Music-singing-soundtrack,Theatre costume design, Theatrical makeup.

Over the years, many distinguished professors, writers and creators of the theater art cooperated with the School, like Thanos Tragas (director of the school), Miranda Myrat, Angelos Grimanis, Dimitrios Hatzis, Jean Gaitanos, Nikolaos Sifakis, Mitsos Lygizos, Kostis Michaelides, Nikos Papakonstantinou, Kakia Panagiotou, Mary Voyatzis, Angelos Fouriotis, Evangelos Andreou, Yannis Synodinos, ect

Sources (Greece)

Θάνος Τράγκας /"Δραματική ΣχολήΕθνικού Ωδείου Αθηνών"

Θάνος Τράγκας /"Δραματική ΣχολήΕθνικού Ωδείου Αθηνών"Θάνος_Τράγκας

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Vasilis Logothetidis

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Logothetidis was born as Vasilis Tavlaridis (Βασίλης Ταυλαρίδης) in 1897 in Myriophyton, a village in Eastern Thrace close to Istanbul. One year after graduating from high school, in 1916, he started to participate as an amateur actor in local shows. In 1918, he moved to Athens where, one year later, he joined the Marika Kotopouli theater company, with which he remained until 1946, with a brief pause in 1935. From 1947, he performed with his own theater company.

During his very successful career, he starred in more than 110 Greek comedies and in more than 200 international plays, including Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, As You Like It by William Shakespeare, Volpone by Ben Jonson and Knock by Jules Romains.

Logothetidis was among the first Greek actors to appear in film, mostly as a protagonist. His memorable roles include:

Panagiotakis in Madam Sousou (1948)

Thodoros Ginopoulos in Oi Germanoi xanarhontai (1948)

Manolis Skoudris in Ena votsalo sti limni (1952)

Fotis Fagris in Santa Chiquita (1953)

Tilemahos in Despoinis eton 39 (1954)

Lalakis Makrykostas in Oute gata, oute zimia (1955)

Anargyros Loubardopoulos in Istoria mias kalpikis liras (1955)

Potis Antonopoulos in O Ziliarogatos (1956)

Antonis Dellistavrou in Dellistavrou kai ios (1957)

General Labros Dekavallas in Enas iros me padoufles (1958)In 1957, he toured the United States with successful appearances in eight different cities.

Logothetidis died in Athens on 20 February 1960, by heart attack.


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