Irene Papas

Greek actress and singer (1929–2022)

Irene Papas (née Lelekou; 3 September 1929 – 14 September 2022) was a Greek musician and actress. She played the title character in the 1962 movie Elektra. She also had lots of other movies. She was born in Chiliomodi, Greece. She retired from acting in 2003.

Irene Papas 1971

Her birthyear is sometimes confused as 1926,[1][2] however, in an interview, Papas said she was born in 1929.[3]

Papas had a long love affair with American actor Marlon Brando.[4]

In 2013, it was revealed that Papas had Alzheimer's disease.[5] She died on 14 September 2022 in Chiliomodi at the age of 93.[2]


  1. "Irene Papas". Film Reference. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gates, Anita (14 September 2022). "Irene Papas, Actress in 'Zorba the Greek' and Greek Tragedies, Dies at 96". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 14 September 2022. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  3. "Greece's Irene Papas, Who Earned Hollywood Fame, Dies At 93". Bloomberg UK, using Associated Press. 14 September 2022. Retrieved 16 September 2022. She was 93. ... Papas publicly joked that she was often quoted as being three years older than her actual age. She started a 2004 interview with Greek state television by saying, "I was born on Sept. 3, 1929. All the papers are there in Chiliomodi," which is located near the southern Greek city of Corinth.
  4. Williams, Steven (7 July 2004). "Irene Papas Comes Forward About A Love Affair With The Late Marlon Brando". Contact Music. Archived from the original on 7 November 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  5. "Irene Papas: Her niece reveals all the truth about her state of health". Altsantiri. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 7 December 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2018.