ALIKI VOUGIOUKLAKI RETROSPECTIVE
THE SLAP THAT CAME FROM PARADISE (1959)
ACE OF SPADES (1964)
LADY AND THE TRAMP (1968)
THE FAIRY AND THE MAN (1969)
THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN HAIR:
“Never let anything bad come out of your mouth about Aliki Vougiouklaki. She stands for all our innocences.” Composer Manos Hatzidakis
Her fame exploded like fellow blonde bombshells Monroe, Bardot and Andress, yet she remained unrecognisable to the English-speaking world. She had the sass and curves that made grown men cry, yet she was never asked to play a Bond girl. She was – and still is – the darling of Greek stage and screen, yet many can’t pronounce her name...
Aliki Vougiouklaki (Aleeeki Voo-yoo-klaaki) was considered the ‘National Star of Greece’, the single most successful Greek actress since the advent of cinema.
Port Magazine described her as “the Greek everything: massively loved and an outrageously versatile film star/theatre diva/singing star/comedienne/sex symbol/nostalgia symbol/national symbol”. Her leading roles included that of a unifying post-WWII and Civil War force, and one of the seminal shining lights of ‘The Golden Age of Greek Cinema’ (1950s and 1960s).
Echoing the rags to riches tale of many of her characters, Aliki was born into poverty in 1934 in the town of Marousi, the daughter of a murdered governor. She secretly enrolled in the National Theatre Drama School in Athens at age 18 and, by her early 20s, was receiving rave reviews. Laurence Olivier was even a fan of her stage acting.
By the time of her death from pancreatic cancer in 1996 at age 62, she had appeared in 42 films and TV programs, made a nation swoon with her love affairs, and ensured her name would be indelibly etched in Greek consciousness forever.
She is Aliki Vougiouklaki.
"If I die tomorrow, the exact same thing that has happened to Marilyn Monroe in the US will happen to me… The moment she died, scenes from her movies were spliced together and everybody said, "Look, what an amazing phenomenon, what a great actress she was."
Aliki Vougiouklaki (1976)