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Gelly Mavropoulou

Gelly Mavropoulou was a Greek actress who was born in 1932 to actors Angelos Mavropoulos and Marika Krevvata, in Thessaloniki, Greece, but raised in Athens.

Mavropoulou studied at the prestigious Theatro Technis (Art Theater) under the direction of Karolos Koun. She made her stage debut in a 1955 Athens production of George Axelrod's "The Seven-Year Itch" starring Melina Mercouri, and quickly became a top actress, playing important leading roles in Shakespeare's "Othello" (as Dysdemona) and "The Taming of the Shrew" (as Bianca), Aeschylus' "Oresteia" (as Goddess Athena), Molière's "Le Tartuffe" (as Dorine) and many other modern and classical plays; she often created personal groups and finished her career in the early 1990s as a member of the Greek National Theater.

She also acted regularly in films and became one of the major Greek female movie stars of the 1950s and 1960s, satisfactory in both comedies and melodramas.

In 1955 she married actor Stefanos Stratigos. They divorced in 1967.

Mavropoulou enjoyed the biggest success of her career in 1971, when she starred in the legendary TV series "O Agnostos polemos" (Ο Άγνωστος Πόλεμος - The Unknown War) (1971).


She died on July 19, 2021, a few hours after her former brother-in-law Tolis Voskopoulos.