Irene Papas, ‘Zorba the Greek’ and ‘Guns of Navarone’ actress, dead at 96

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Irene Papas, a Greek actress best known for appearing in the films “Zorba the Greek,

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“The Guns of Navarone” and countless Greek tragedies, passed away Wednesday at 96. Greece’s ministry of culture confirmed the screen icon’s death in a statement.

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Majestic, stately, dynamic, Irene Papas was the personification of Greek beauty on cinema screens and on the stage

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an international star who radiated Greekness,” culture minister Lina Mendoni said, per the New York Times.

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With the power of her talent and the charm of her personality,

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she conquered the world of cinema and theater.”

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As of yet, Papas’ cause of death is unknown, however,

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it was reported in 2018 that the thespian had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for five years.

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