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Also Known As: Died: March 6, 1994
Born: October 18, 1923 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Athens, Greece Profession: Cast ...
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1944:
Made stage debut
1954:
Appeared on Greek stage in "Stella"
1955:
Film debut in Michael Cacoyannis's "Stella", Mercouri's only film in Greek
1955:
First met Jules Dassin at the Cannes Film Festival where "Stella" was screened
1957:
First film with director Dassin, "He Who Must Die"
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Moved to Paris with Dassin
1960:
Breakthrough film, "Never on Sunday"
1967:
Greek citizenship revoked; restored in 1974
1967:
Left Greece during the reign of the Colonels' Junta; her films and songs were banned and a warrant was issued for her arrest; eventually lost her Greek citizenship
1967:
Broadway musical debut, "Ilya, Darling"; received a Tony nomination as Best Actress in a musical; after Colonels' Junta, made a spech onstage about what was happening in Greece
1972:
Starred on Broadway in "Lysistrata"
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Helped found the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) in the 1970s after the overthrow of the Greek Colonels
1974:
Regained Greek citizenship
1974:
Lost bid for seat in Greek Parliament by a narrow margin
1977:
Elected member of Greek Parliament for the Port of Piraeus
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Appointed Minister of Culture and Sciences for the Greek government during which time she lobbied for the return of the Elgin Marbles, abolished museum fees for all Greeks and initiated the building of a new Acropolis Museum; new little provincial theaters were financed and backing was given to young, untried filmmakers
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Named Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports
1989:
Diagnosed with lung cancer
1990:
Lost her bid to become Mayor of Athens with a 46% of the local vote
1993:
Returned to her post as Minister of Culture in October
1994:
Underwent surgery in February to remove a small tumor from her right lung; complications set in

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