Elena Nathanael

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Elena Nathanael
Έλενα Ναθαναήλ
Born Eleni Delivassili-Nathanael
January 19, 1947
Athens, Greece
Died March 4, 2008(2008-03-04) (aged 61)
Athens, Greece
Occupation actress
Years active 1963–2007
Partner(s) Tasos Mitropoulos
Children Inka
Awards Thessaloniki Film Festival - Best Actress
1968 Randevou me mia agnosti - Christina

Elena Nathanael (Greek: Έλενα Ναθαναήλ, January 19, 1947 – March 4, 2008) was a popular Greek film actress.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Elena Nathanael was born Eleni Delivassili-Nathanael,[1][2] in Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, to a well-off family. Delivassili was her father's surname and Nathanael was her mother's one, but she had kept both of them, although she was credited and became famous as Nathanael. Her father was a textile designer and manufacturer, an Asia Minor Greek descended from Ayvalık, while her mother was a Maniot. She studied drama at the Pelos Katselis Drama School.

Career[edit]

Her impressively good looks got her noticed in the 1960s by producers and directors of the then-flourishing Greek cinema. She first appeared at the cinema, in the movie Kati na kaiei in 1964, directed by Giannis Dalianidis. Her second screen role was in 1965, in the German movie Wälsungenblut, directed by Rolf Thiele and based on a Thomas Mann novel. A few more parts followed in Greek movies of the late sixties and in most of her roles she was featured as a spoilt rich girl.

In 1968 she got the "Best Actress Award" in the International Thessaloniki Film Festival for her role in the movie Randevou me mia agnosti. In the early 1970s she established her screen persona as a free-spirited, beautiful young woman and became a fashion icon. The abrupt decline of the Greek commercial cinema during that decade had an unpleasant impact on her career which was something usual for the Greek film stars of the period.

After a seven-year absence she made a comeback with a number of straight-to-video movies, usually light comedies. After that she faded away and she made only some special appearances. One of her roles worthy of her beauty and acting abilities was that of "Julia" in the hugely successful soap opera, Aggigma psyhis, in 1998. Her last appearance was the role of "Maya Hoover" in the popular TV series aired on Mega Channel, Gorgones, in 2007, and her return was warmly received by the audience .

Personal life[edit]

Elena Nathanael had a relationship with Giorgos Tsagkaris, with whom gave birth to her daughter named Inka, in 1973. After her retirement, she had been living for several years at her farm in Euboea, with her life partner Tasos Mitropoulos, a veteran footballer of Olympiacos, where she had taken up wine production. She died from lung cancer on March 4, 2008 and the Greek press referred to her as the "Enchantress of the Greek cinema" (Γόησσα του ελληνικού κινηματογράφου). Her funeral took place on March 5, in the cemetery of Nea Filadelfeia, where a lot of people took leave of her.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1964 Kati na kaiei Jenny
1965 Wälsungenblut Sieglinde Arnstatt
1966 Erotas stin kafti ammo Katerina
O fovos Anna
Dama spathi Elena
1967 O 13os Maria
1968 Epiheirisis Apollon Elena
Kataskopoi ston Saroniko
Randevou me mia agnosti Christina
1969 To leventopaido Katerina
Xypna Vasili Dina Vasilaki
1970 Proklisis Eirini
1971 Ethelontis ston erota Mirka
Ekeino to kalokairi
Il sorriso del ragno
1972 Anazitisis Elena Hrysou
Antartes ton poleon Anna Papadima
1973 O aisiodoxos Mary Saranti
Zitima zois kai thanatou Olga
1980 O podogyros Journalist
1981 Enas kontos tha mas sosei! Flora
Eisai stin EOK, pathe gia tin EOK Journalist
Tis politsmanas to... kangelo Elena
1982 Apithanoi, alloiotikoi ki oraioi... Annita
Pagida stin Ellada
1986 Oi Pontioi
1987 Apousies
1998 Black Out p.s. Red Out Hristos' Mother
2002 Sti skia tou Lemmy Caution Antigoni

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Η γόησσα που έφυγε σαν Λεβεντόπαιδο" (in Greek). Ethnos. 2004-02-05. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  2. ^ "ΚΑΛΛΙΤΕΧΝΕΣ" (in Greek). Dimitris Lyberopoulos-Journalist. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 

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