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Crete island tribute to Mercouri

- by Archimedes

Crete island tribute to Mercouri.

A theatre on the Greek holiday island of Crete is to pay tribute to the Greek actress Melina Mercouri with a photo exhibition. Visitors on holiday in Crete can visit the free exhibition staged at the Municipal Theatre of Crete in Hania during the last two weeks in August.

Melini Mercouri is one of the best known Greek actors among UK audiences for her movie performances in Never on Sunday, Phaedra, Topkapi and Promise at Dawn.

She won the Best Actress award at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival, and she was also nominated for an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and two BAFTA Awards.

She was also a political activist against the Greek military junta of 1967-1974 and became the first female Minister for Culture of Greece in 1981. She fought for the return to Athens of the Parthenon Marbles now on display in the British Museum.

Melina Mercouri died in 1994 in New York City from lung cancer, aged 73. She received a state funeral at the First Cemetery of Athens when thousands attended the funeral.

There is free entrance to the exhibition in Chania, Crete, which opens daily 10am – 2pm and 7pm – 10pm, except Sunday. The Municipal Regional Theatre of Crete opened in 1974 in order to promote the Cretan tradition in theatre.