Appeared on Greek stage in "Stella"
Film debut in Michael Cacoyannis's "Stella", Mercouri's only film in Greek
First met Jules Dassin at the Cannes Film Festival where "Stella" was screened
First film with director Dassin, "He Who Must Die"
Moved to Paris with Dassin
Breakthrough film, "Never on Sunday"
Greek citizenship revoked; restored in 1974
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
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
Starred on Broadway in "Lysistrata"
Helped found the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) in the 1970s after the overthrow of the Greek Colonels
Regained Greek citizenship
Lost bid for seat in Greek Parliament by a narrow margin
Elected member of Greek Parliament for the Port of Piraeus
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
Named Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports
Diagnosed with lung cancer
Lost her bid to become Mayor of Athens with a 46% of the local vote
Returned to her post as Minister of Culture in October
Underwent surgery in February to remove a small tumor from her right lung; complications set in