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 Posted:   Sep 15, 2022 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

The great Greek tragedienne, indelible as the widow in ZORBA THE GREEK, has passed away at 96. Her first Hollywood leading role grabbed my notice. As Jocasta(!), James Cagney's improbable ranch wife in TRIBUTE TO A BAD MAN, she gave Miklos Rozsa an excuse to develop a beautiful Greek theme in the context of a Wyoming Western. She even sings in that one. "Pandrevoun" is a Greek folk song. The FSM album preserves her prerecording, as the film version is lost.

 Posted:   Sep 15, 2022 - 7:02 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

Perfect in Guns of navarone.
Talented lady

 Posted:   Sep 15, 2022 - 12:07 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

She played Zipporah in the television miniseries "Moses The Lawgiver". R.I.P. Irene Papas.

 Posted:   Sep 15, 2022 - 6:39 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Papas was second to none in classical Greek tragedies filmed in the early '60s.

Antigone 1961

Electra 1962

 Posted:   Sep 15, 2022 - 11:46 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

She was terriifc in THE MESSAGE and OMAR MUKHTAR-LION OF THE DESERT with Anthony Quinn and ofcourse in GUNS OF NAVARONE

 Posted:   Sep 16, 2022 - 1:17 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I mostly connect her with Vangelis, and to be honest, she was never my favourite part of his work. However, she was a legend in her own right, with an incredible career. Now she can have an ouzu with her old Greek friend in the afterlife.

 Posted:   Sep 16, 2022 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Interesting bit (via Wikipedia) from Roger Ebert:

The film critic Roger Ebert observed that there were many "pretty girls" in cinema "but not many women", and called Papas a great actress. Ebert noted her uphill struggle, her height, 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) limiting the leading men she could play alongside, her accent limiting the roles she could take, and that "her unusual beauty is not the sort that superstar actresses like to compete with."[35][36] Ordinary actors, he suggested, had trouble sharing the screen with Papas. All the same, her presence in many well-known movies, wrote Ebert, inspired "something of a cult".[35]

Curious business about her height. It seemed to bother Spencer Tracy (originally cast in TRIBUTE TO A BAD MAN) but evidently not James Cagney, though Papas would have towered above the 5'5' actor. Tracy, however, had health and alcohol issues at the time .

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Harry Saltzman wanted her to play Irma Bunt in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" but she was rejected.

 Posted:   Sep 23, 2022 - 1:45 AM   
 By:   Joe Caps   (Member)

There was talk for quite a few years of her doing the bio of Maria Callas.

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