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Katina Paxinou (December 17, 1900 - February 22, 1973) was a Greekmarker film and theatre actress.

Early life

Born Aikaterini (Catherine) Konstantopoulou in Piraeusmarker, Greecemarker, she trained as an opera singer but changed career and joined the Greek Royal Theater in 1929. Paxinou distinguished herself on the stage. When World War II broke out, she was performing in Londonmarker. Unable to return to Greece, she emigrated to the United Statesmarker.


She was selected to play "Pilár" in the 1943 film For Whom the Bell Tolls, winning an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture. She continued appearing in Hollywood films until 1949. She made one Britishmarker film as well, the 1947 film version of Uncle Silas, starring Jean Simmons. She played mother to Tyrone Power in Prince of Foxes in 1949. After 1949, Paxinou returned to Hollywood only once more, to play, again, a gypsy woman, this time in the 1959 Technicolor religious epic, The Miracle.

In 1950, Paxinou resumed her stage career. In her native Greece, she formed the Royal Theatre of Athens with Alexis Minotis, her principal director and her husband Ioannis Paxinos, since 1940.

Paxinou made several appearances on the Broadwaymarker stage and television as well, including the lead role in the first production in English of Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, at the ANTA Playhouse in New York in 1951, and a BBC production of Lorca's Blood wedding (Bodas de sangre), broadcast on June 2, 1959.


Paxinou died from cancer in Athens, Greecemarker in 1973 at the age of 72. She was survived by her husband, and her two children from her first marriage to Ioannis Paxinos, whose surname she had been using after their divorce. Her remains are buried at First Cemetery of Athensmarker.


Year Film Role Notes
1943 For Whom the Bell Tolls Pilar Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Hostages Maria
1945 The Confidential Agent Mrs. Melandez
1947 Mourning Becomes Electra Christine Mannon
Uncle Silas Madame de la Rougierre
1949 Prince of Foxes Mona Constanza Zoppo
1955 Mr. Arkadin Sophie
1959 The Miracle La Roca
1960 Rocco e i suoi fratelli Rosaria Parondi
1961 Morte di un bandito
1965 To Nisi tis Afroditis Lambrini
1968 Tante Zita Aunt Zita
1970 Un Été Sauvage Marya
The Martlet's Tale Orsetta


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