MELINA MERCOURI

(born in Athens, 18th October 1925,
died in New York, 6th March 1994)



This page is dedicated to Melina Mercouri. Melina was an inspiring leader, for thousands of people.


"I hope that I will see the Marbles back in Athens before I die;
but if they come back later I shall be reborn."


Melina Mercouri

Theatre and film actress, born in Athens in 1925 and died in New York in 1994. Minister of Culture for eight and a half years (between 18.10.1981- 31.06.1989 and 10.10.1993- 06.03.1994, day of her death).

Melina Mercouri was to become the first woman to hold a Senior cabinet post "Minister of Culture" in the Greek government.

Melina became the controversial Greek Minister of Culture, that gained her greatest attention when she successfully lobbied for the return of the Parthenon Marbles (wrongly named after Lord Elgin). These classical sculptures were stolen from the Parthenon, were taken to England in the 19th century and placed in the British Museum, were they are kept until today. After her death "The Melina Mercouri Foundation" was founded by her husband Jules Dassin to keep Melina' s dream alive.

"I was born Greek and I would die Greek. Mr. Pattakos was born a dictator and he will die as a dictator." Her reply to the fact that the Military dictatorship in Greece (1967-1974) in Greece had proclaimed that she was no longer a Greek citizen.

Melina was interred at 1st Cemetery of Athens, Greece, near to her grandfather and Mayor of Athens, Spyros Merkouris

Melina is mourned as a national heroine due to her great achievements on stage and screen and her commitment to Greek art and politics.


Other pages that I maintain related to Melina:



Video/ Audio Links:

Listen to Melina talking about the marbles

Listen to Melina singing, "Never on Sunday"



Ministry of Culture Other offsite links related to Parthenon Marbles, Melina's last great passion:


Ministry of Culture The Hellenic Ministry of Culture

The Athens Municipal official webpage

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"The Museum of Acropolis" official webpage