Born on October 18, 1920 in Athens, Greece
Melina Mercouri as "Elizabeth Lipp"
Beautiful thief Elizabeth Lipp (Melina Mercouri) and criminal genius Walter Harper (Maximilian Schell) put together a plan to steal an emerald-encrusted dagger from Istanbul's Topkapi Palace. As part of their crew, they hire small-time hustler Arthur Simon Simpson (Peter Ustinov) to act as their fall guy. When the Turkish secret police capture Simpson at the border, they persuade him to spy on his partners in crime, mistakenly believing that they're Communist agents plotting an assassination.
|Golden Globe (1964)||Nominated||Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical|
Melina Mercouri as "Phaedra"
Phaedra (Melina Mercouri) is sent by her wealthy older husband, Thanos (Raf Vallone), to London in order to bring his son from a previous marriage, Alexis (Anthony Perkins), home for the summer. After Phaedra meets Alexis, they fall in love and embark on an affair. Alexis returns to Greece but feels consumed by guilt about the situation. When Thanos tries to arrange a marriage for him, it brings out jealousy in Phaedra that leads to a tragic series of events.
|British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1962)||Nominated||Foreign Actress|
|Golden Globe (1962)||Nominated||Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama|
Melina Mercouri as "Ilya"
Free spirit and prostitute Ilya (Melina Mercouri) lives in a Greek port city. Open and amiable, she makes friends often and easily. She encounters Homer Thrace (Jules Dassin), a vacationing American who is obsessed with ancient Greek culture. Homer feels that modern Greece is a shadow of its former self, and he believes that Ilya is a prime example of contemporary decadence. He makes it his goal to amend Ilya's easygoing ways, but she has stronger principles than Homer expected.
|Academy Award (1960)||Nominated||Actress in a Leading Role|
|British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1960)||Nominated||Foreign Actress|