Aliki Vougiouklaki

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Aliki Vougiouklaki
Αλίκη Βουγιουκλάκη
Born Aliki Stamatina Vougiouklaki
20 July 1934
Marousi, Athens Prefecture, Greece
Died 23 July 1996 (aged 62)
Athens, Greece
Resting place
Athens, Greece
Occupation Film and stage actress; singer
Spouse(s) Dimitris Papamichail (1965-1975)
Giorgos Iliadis[when?]
Children Yiannis Papamichail (b. 1969)

Aliki Vougiouklaki (Greek: Αλίκη Βουγιουκλάκη; 20 July 1934 – 23 July 1996) was a popular and successful Greek actress of film, stage and television.


Aliki Stamatina Vougiouklaki was born in Marousi, Athens Prefecture. She had two brothers, Takis (film director) and Antonis (an architect). Her father, Ioannis Vougiouklakis, was the provincial governor of Arcadia in the Peloponnese during the war, and was executed by the resistance organisation ELAS as an alleged collaborator.[1]

As a student, she took part in school plays which eventually led her to an acting career. She attended classes in National Theatre of Greece and started to act professional while still a student. News papers and magazines soon started to praise her acting ability, which led to her first lead role in in 1953.[citation needed]


She would appear in 42 movies, mostly musicals, and a wide variety of television programs and stage productions. In the 1960s she collaborated with Dimitris Papamichail in a number of popular movies. The popular celebrity couple married in the 1960s, but divorced in 1975. She received the prize for lead woman's role at the inaugural Greek Cinema Festival in Thessaloniki in 1960 for her starring role in Mantalena. Her first film was Nikos Tsiforos' The Little Mouse, followed by numerous popular dramatic and comic films.[citation needed]

Aliki Vougiouklaki.

I Aliki sto Naftiko (Aliki in the Navy) sold more than 590,000 tickets. In 1962 she wrote the script for Finos Films, Aliki my love, which premiered in London and Athens in 1964, but was a flop. This was her first and last attempt to become an international movie star. She was popularly known in press as National Star of Greece[2] - a term first coined by journalist Eleni Vlahou.[3] In 1970, she had her biggest film success[citation needed] with Ipolochagos Natassa, about a young Greek woman whose husband was killed during the Second World War; the film sold more than 750,000 tickets.[citation needed]


On 4 June 1969, Vougiouklaki gave birth to her only child, Yiannis Papamichail. Eventually her marriage to Dimitris Papamichail became troubled. She shot her next film S'Agapo (I Love You), without Papamichail, her usual co-star. In 1974, the couple filed for divorce.[4]

Later career[edit]

Vougiouklaki continued to play in films, and in 1981 she appeared for the last time on the big screen in Κατάσκοπος Νέλλη (Nellie, the Spy). She made only stage appearances thereafter.[why?]

Illness and death[edit]

In April 1996, the period given in Thessaloniki of the last performances of theatrical work The Sound of Music, had severe stomach pains, which he believed caused many took antibiotics from bronchitis which had been bothering her. After performing tests at the Express Service, a medical diagnostic center in Thessaloniki, she was diagnosed with hepatoma, a malignant tumor in her liver. Having realized the gravity of the situation continued for another week of performances in Thessaloniki, which finally ceased on 29 April, when was the last performance of the play.[citation needed]

In Athens, a group of three professors doctors discovered the actress had pancreatic cancer. On 7 May, she traveled to Munich, where she underwent a series of additional tests during the three days we stayed there. On 10 May, Vougiouklaki returned to Greece from Munich, Germany. On 15 May, she made her last trip to Massachusetts General Hospital in the U.S. in a final effort to address the illness. She was not made aware that American doctors gave her only 15 days to live, although she beat that particularly bleak estimation. On 19 May, she returned permanently to Athens on 22 May, entering the Athens Medical Center.[citation needed]


After two months of hospitalization, Vougiouklaki died on 23 July 1996 in Athens Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer. Her death, just three days after her 62nd birthday, in mourning over the Greeks. There were countless tributes from broadcasters for life and her career, which surpassed viewership even the Olympic Games in Atlanta, and comprehensive coverage of the literature of the time. Follow-day public veneration of remains of the chapel of the Cathedral of Athens. On 25 July 1996, her funeral was held in Athens Cathedral and she was buried in the First Cemetery of Athens.[citation needed]

I Have A Secret[edit]

In 2008, her son published a biography of Vougiouklaki, Eho Ena Mistiko (I Have A Secret), the title of a song the actress sang in one of her films. The book was a best seller, although it garnered controversy as to whether it should have been published or not. That same year, a television series based on the book, aired on Alpha TV channel. Made on a relatively low budget, the series was unsuccessful.[citation needed]



Year Film Role Notes
1954 To Pontikaki (The Little Mouse) Krinoula (or Pontikaki)
1955 O Agapitikos Tis Voskopoulas (Lover of the Shepherdess) Kristallo
1956 To Koritsi Me Ta Paramithia (The Girl With The Fairy Tales) Agni
1957 Maria Pentagiotissa Maria Pantegiotissa
Diakopes Stin Aegina (Holidays in Aegina) Aliki
Charoumeni Alites (Happy Tramps) Annoula
Erotas Stous Ammolofous (Love in the Sand Dunes) Anna
I Zavoliara (The Cheater) Lenio
1958 Erotikes Istories (Love Stories) Maritsa Vertebrate movie with 3 parts. Aliki starred at the 3rd part, «The Sunday Rendez-Vous».
O Mimikos Ke I Mary (Mimikos and Mary) Mary Weber
I Mousitsa (The Jade) Aliki
Astero Astero
1959 To Ksilo Vgike Ap' Ton Paradiso (The Beating Come Out From Paradise - Int'l title: Maiden's Cheek) Liza Papastavrou Best Retrospective Movies Award at 1st Thessaloniki International Film Festival[5] - The vinyl that contained 2 songs from the film, the «Echo Ena Mistiko» (I have a secret) and «To Gkrizo Gati» (The gray kitten); both music composition by Manos Hadjidakis, was the 1st Gold Disk ever awarded in Greek discography history.[6][7][8]
1960 To Klotsoskoufi (The Kicked Skull-Cap) Mary Georganta
Mantalena Mantanela Best Actress in a Leading Role Award at 1st Thessaloniki International Film Festival[9]
1961 I Liza Ke I Alli (Liza and the Other Woman) Liza Fragoudi/Mitsi Gavriiloglou
I Aliki Sto Nautiko (Aliki in the Navy; international title: Alice in the Navy) Aliki
1962 Aliki (Aliki My Love) Aliki Her first and only English-speaking film, opposite costars Wilfrid Hyde-White and Jess Conrad. Rudolph Maté was the director.[10]
Taxidi (The Trip) Marina
1963 I Pseftra (The Liar) Mary Delipetrou
Chtipokardia Sto Thranio (Heartbeats at Desk) Liza Petrovasili
Siralardaki Heyecanlar (During the Thrills) Turkish version of «Chtipokardia Sto Thranio»
1964 I Soferina (The Woman Chauffeur) Mary Diamantidou
To Doloma (The Bait) Keti
O Paras Ke O Foukaras (The Lucre and the Wretch) Cameo as herself, Aliki Vougiouklaki
1965 Monterna Stahtopouta (Modern Cinderella) Katerina Pieri
1966 I Kori Mou I Sosialistria (My Daughter the Socialist) Liza Delvi
Diplopenies (international title: Dancing The Syrtaki) Marina
1967 To Pio Lampro Asteri (The Brightest Star) Katerina
Ah Afti I Gineka Mou (Ah My Wife) Nina
1968 To Koritsi Tou Louna Park (The Girl from the Amusement Park) Margarita
I Arhontissa Ke O Alitis (Lady and the Tramp) Rena Katsarou - Pipis
I Agapi Mas (Our Love) Marina Razelou
1969 I Neraida Ke To Palikari (The Fairy and the Young Man) Katerinio Fourtounaki
I Daskala Me Ta Ksantha Mallia (The Teacher with the Blonde Hair) Mirto Theodorou Karatasou
1970 Ena Asteio Koritsi (A Funny Girl) Christina
Ipolochagos Natassa (Lieutenant Natassa) Natassa Armeni
1971 S' Agapo (I Love You) Angela
I Kori Tou Iliou (The Daughter of the Sun) Maya Vali
1972 I Aliki Diktator (Aliki Dictator) Aliki
I Maria Tis Siopis (Mary of the Silence) Maria Gerali
1980 Poniro Thiliko, Katergara Gineka (Cunning Female, Trickster Woman) Elena Ntavari
1981 Kataskopos Nelly (Nelly the Spy) Nelly


Year Title Role Episodes Channel Notes
1991 Ke Efthimi Ke Hira (Merry and a Widow) Anna Radek 15 ΑΝΤ1 Based on Franz Lehár's operetta, The Merry Widow.
1993 O Hiros, I Hira Ke Ta Hirotera (The Windowed, the Window and The Worst) Helena Halkou - Magie - Herself 1 (22nd) ΑΝΤ1
1993 Deka Mikroi Mitsi (Ten Little «Mitsi») An arrested woman 1 (20nd[clarification needed]) MEGA
1995 Enan Elliniko (A Greek Coffee) Cameo (as herself) 1 (1st) ΑΝΤ1


  • Chtipokardia sto thranio (1963) was shot simultaneously in Greek and Turkish, with two different crews. Aliki starred in both versions, with her voice being dubbed in the Turkish version, Siralardaki heyecanlar.[citation needed]
  • The film, Ipolochagos Natassa (1970) sold 751,000 tickets in Athens, which made it the most successful film in Greece, a record held for almost three decades.
  • She worked with writer Willy Russell when she performed in Shirley Valentine onstage in 1989.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ with ELAS member Christos Koutsouyeros (Greek); accessed 26 February 2014.
  2. ^ Aliki Vouyouklaki profile,; accessed 26 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Extras", a page from website
  4. ^ "Details about Vougiouklaki-Papamichail divorce with photocopy of the original divorce document",; accessed 10 April 2014.
  5. ^ Thessaloniki International Film Festival Award Winners of 1960; accessed 10 April 2014.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ [4], Thessaloniki International Film Festival Award Winners of 1960
  10. ^ Aliki My Love profile; accessed 26 February 2014.