Martha Karagianni: One year since her death - Wishevoke

Martha Karagianni: One year since her death

THE Martha Karagiannis If she had been born in another, larger country and had a developed cinematography that was also aimed at the international stage, she might have joined many famous stars and sex symbols of her time, as she had the unique ability to control the temperament combine the spicy and dancing with comedy, always the desire for a production that wants to offer an authentic escape from everyday life.

Suffice it to recall its brief appearance as a hackneyed political satire “Liar wanted” from Dalianidis, the man who made her a star in the ’60s, to briefly understand her charismatic acting personality. He appears in three scenes, perhaps the best of the film. In the first part, she dances in a nightclub and the two drool Zervo pants And Dino Iliopoulos But also those who are watching the film on television for the hundredth time today. In the second part she actually does a striptease in the deputy’s office, but the fact that she comes out of it in only her underwear makes her more attractive than ever and is clearly reminiscent of that Sophia Loren, While in the third scene, where her husband shoots Iliopoulos and believes she has killed him, she also shows off her comedic acting talent, especially at the end of the scene. After all, it is no coincidence that this film paved her way to stardom, the object of desire for men and the admiration of women.

At the end of a year since her death (September 18, 2022), it is worth remembering the most important scenes of her life and career, even if her appearances in the cinema will always be a joy of life.

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The refugee girl who lived her dream
Martha Karagianni was born in Piraeus November 6, 1939 and grew up in the refugee camps of Keratsini with Pontic parents who came from the depths of the East. Biowrestling people who loved to dance and sing instilled a passion for music and dance in their daughter. Her father worked day and night so that she wouldn’t miss anything. She will do classical ballet, starting with the children’s part of the lyric, with lots of dreams. But the cinema, the only economic entertainment of the time, will drive her crazy and she will fall in love with American musicals. The “American dream” was probably more possible for little Martha in Greece.


From classical ballet to stage sets
Her ten years of effort in classical ballet will be of crucial help to her later long career in theater and cinema. She will be noticed at a performance at her school Orestis Laskos and at the age of 17 he will choose her for a small role in the well-known 1956 drama “The Stranger”. As a little girl, she will be lucky to be on set with renowned actors, but especially in the form of the Greek theater Kyveli – in the second and her latest film – and her childhood love, Zen Premie, Aleko Alexandraki.

The success of the film will pave the way for her to appear alongside big names in two more comedies, while in 1957, while dancing in the center of Fokionos Negri, she is “stung” by Kostas Hatzichristos, who suggests that she take part in the revue “Elephants and fleas,” known as the still nameless Yiannis Dalianidis. The following year she will star alongside the great comedian in Count Hatzichristos, while Frixos Iliadis will give her her first leading role in 1959 in Agapi tis Voskopoula. In 1960 he will star in the comedy “Three Dolls and Me”, in which he will be noticed. So will come Dalianidis’ suggestion for “Liar Wanted”, where her hot performance will cause a stir.


Beautiful town, Finos and Voutsas
In the theater he is doing just as well, although he studied not at an acting school, but with the “King of Musical Theater” Bournelis and alongside giants such as Avlonitis, Stavridis, Rizo, Vassiliadou and will be lucky enough to take part in the famous performance of Bost – Theodorakis – Kakogianni “Beautiful City”. Great actors, but above all the holy monsters of pop music, Bithikotsis, Kazantzidis, Chiotis and Mary Linda, were there and little Martha was close to them. He quickly established himself as a strong name in theater and entertainment cinema from Finos Film alongside Dino Iliopoulos, Costas Hatzichristos, Giannis Gionakis, Rena Vlachopoulou, Zozo Sapoundzakis, Eleni Prokopiou and of course Costas Voutsas, with whom they developed an adorable couple film by film. Her films (“The Little Man”, “Wedding Night”, “The Sea, the Pearls”, “The Barefoot Prince”, etc.) will be a great success and will be loved by the audience while they will be associated with them through her a great everlasting friendship.


Sex symbol
In 1964 there will be another appearance that will anger the Panhellenic nation. He will be seen in the comedy “The Heirs” with the inimitable trio Hatzichristou, Iliopoulos and Voutsa. In Dalianidis’ co-produced film, Karagiannis is seen dancing almost naked, wearing only feathers, which causes a stir and makes her a sex symbol. Although she is not particularly tall, her perfect Mediterranean curves, her wonderful movements and her beautiful yet familiar face will be the fantasy of men for years to come – as Dalianidis also said: “The Greeks lusted after Martha, she was closer to their standards than everyone else.” Actress.”


Out of a total of 42 cinema appearances, you will hardly find a film that failed or went unnoticed. Some of her further successes will be in the musicals “Something Burns”, “Girls for Kisses”, “Date in the Air”, “Mermaids and Wizards” and “The Beautiful Barber”, in the film which, despite her objections to Dalianidis , he will be exclusively serving a buffoon character for the first time and reliably.

Back to the theater
The decline of the so-called commercial cinema will lead her to the theater, where she will give several notable performances in the 70s. In 1972 she directed the current musical “Cabaret” directed by Alexis Solomos and alongside Dino Iliopoulos. A show that will fail, unlike many shows he will put on after this.

Love, marriage and motherhood

The love of her life, as she confessed, the Panathinaikos goalkeeper, also helped her achieve this artistic success Vasily Konstantinou, She met her in 1973 and divorced after 12 years. She never married, but maintained a friendly relationship forever. It should be mentioned here that her only marriage had already taken place in the distant year of 1959, when at the age of 20 she fell in love with another football idol and charmer of the time: Mimi Stefanako, who played at Olympiakos. The loss of their child will be particularly costly to their relationship and it will break up a few months later. Motherhood was a wound for Karagianni that closed many years later as the years matured and she realized that life had finally treated her very well.

After all, Martha Karagianni did not complain about anything, she enjoyed her life, without scandals and anti-jealousies or other stories that would feed the tabloids, she left her own joyful mark in the cinema and theater. She lived proudly and died quietly, touching all Greek men and women, even those who only knew her from TV movies.

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