Aliki Vougiouklaki Poster

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Her father died during World War 2, defending his country against the German invasion, and she has two brothers, film director Takis Vougiouklakis, and architect Antonis Vougiouklakis.

Her first theatre performance as a star, was a George Bernard Shaw play, called Anthony and Cleopatra, but it was a commercial disaster, although a critical victory for the star.

She left Filopoimin Finos for Karagiannis-Karatzopoulos films in the late 60s, she produced 3 films there, all commercial successes (but critical failures). When she returned to Finos Films, the producers increased her salary.

Her salary for each film was 1.000.000 drachmas and share of future profits of her films, when the basic salary in Greece per month was 2.000 to 5.000 drachmas.

She starred in Lysistrata and Antigone in the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, both productions were massive commercial successes, but created great controversies.

The last year of her life she starred in a commercial theatrical hit, named 'The sound of music', disregarding all of these people that thought that she was old for the basic role.

She won the first female performance prize back in the 1960 for the film Madalena (1960), directed by Dinos Dimopoulos, in the first Thessaloniki Film Festival, which now is international.

A doll and a pastry was named after her, and she usually starred in commercials in the beginning and during her career, for beers or car-help companies.

Laurence Olivier called her portrayal of Eva Perón in the Rice-Webber musical Evita, in 1981, as "the best Evita I have ever seen.".

She was planning to stage Sunset Boulevard and play fading star Norma Desmond. It would have been her second portrayal of an aging actress after Alexandra De Lago in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth.

When asked which international actress she admired Aliki described English actress Maggie Smith as "a gifted actress and a rare talent".

Her 1973 movie Maria in Silence (1973) (Maria of silence) is in reality a remake of the 1948 Jean Negulesco film Johnny Belinda (1948). The part of Belinda (Maria in the Greek version), the deaf mute rape victim had been played by Jane Wyman.

Her 1969 movie I Neraida Kai to Palikari (1969) (The fairy and the lad) is in reality a comic version of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Her last movie Nelly, the Spy (1981) was a strange mixture of two of her biggest theatrical hits Cabaret and Evita. Shooting originally begun in 1979 and was to be called The Girl At The Cabaret but due to copyright problems (she was not granted permission to use the original songs of the musical) the movie was shelved. Shooting was resumed in 1980 with a different storyline and new songs and the movie was released in 1981.

Her 1980 movie Poniro thilyko... katergara gynaika! (1980) (A cunning woman) that was to mark her comeback at the silver screen after a seven year absence was based on the W. Somerset Maugham play Theatre, a theatrical hit for her in 1973.

She went through an audition in London in order to get the rights to play the title part in the Rice-Webber musical Evita even though she was the number one box office star in Greece and had acting experience of twenty-five years.

Her 1963 movie, Throbs at the Desk (1963), ("Heartbeating in High School") was shot simultaneously in Greek and Turkish, with two different casts, one Greek, one Turkish. The Turkish version was called Siralardaki heyecanlar (1963).

One son, Giannis Papamihail , born 1969.

She was very interested in foreign languages from a young age. She was fluent in English, Italian and French.