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About Irene Papas
Irene Papas (Greek Ειρήνη Παππά; born September 3, 1926) is a Greek actress and occasional singer, who has starred in over seventy films in a career spanning more than fifty years.Life Irene Papas was born Irini Lelekou (Ειρήνη Λελέκου) in Chiliomodi outside Corinth, Greece. In an interview, after the death of Marlon Brando, Papas said that she had had an affair with the American actor in the past and that they had remained "close friends" until the end. She sits on the board of directors of the Anna-Marie Foundation along with members of Greece's deposed royal family. Career Papas began her early career in Greece (she was discovered by Elia Kazan), achieving widespread fame there, before starring in internationally renowned films such as The Guns of Navarone and Zorba the Greek, and critically acclaimed films such as Z and Electra. She is a leading figure in cinematic transcriptions of ancient tragedy since she has portrayed Helen in The Trojan Women, Clytemnestra in Iphigenia, and the eponymous parts in Electra and Antigone. She appeared as Catherine of Aragon in the film Anne of the Thousand Days, opposite Richard Burton and Geneviève Bujold in 1969. She was a close friend of Katharine Hepburn, with whom she co-starred in The Trojan Women. Hepburn once said that Papas was "one of the best actresses in the history of cinema". In 1977, she starred in the film Mohammad, Messenger of God (also known as The Message) about the origin of Islam, and the message of prophet Mohammad. She most recently appeared in the film, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, and is currently working in theatre in Portugal. Federico Fellini was a huge admirer of her work. In 1979, Papas collaborated with composer Vangelis in an electronic rendition of eight Greek folk songs, issued as a record called "Odes". They collaborated again in 1983 for "Rhapsodies", an electronic rendition of seven Byzantine liturgical hymns. In 1982, she appeared in the film Lion of the Desert, together with Anthony Quinn, Sir Oliver Reed, Rod Steiger, and Sir John Gielgud.

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211. Tzeni Karezi 342
212. Melina Kanakaredes 336
213. Ellie Lambeti 336
214. Anna Synodinou 335
215. Irene Papas 335
216. Katina Paxinou 334
217. Anna Geislerová 333
218. Ileana DCruz 330
219. Pegah Ahangarani 327

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