Aliki Vougiouklaki

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Aliki Vougiouklaki
Native name 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
Years active 1954–1996
Spouse(s) Dimitris Papamichail (1965–1975)
Giorgos Iliadis (early 1980s-1982)
Children Yiannis Papamichail (b. 1969)
Aliki Vougiouklaki giving autograph. Israel 1964

Aliki Vougiouklaki (Greek: Αλίκη Βουγιουκλάκη; 20 July 1934 – 23 July 1996) was a Greek actress, best known for her films and theatrical plays. Theatrically she has mostly created renditions of widely known Broadway musicals as well as Greek tragedy plays. She died after fighting pancreatic cancer at the age of 62.


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. He was executed by the resistance organization ELAS as a 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 professionally while still a student.


She appeared in 42 movies, mostly musicals, television programs and theatre productions. In the 1960s she co-starred with Dimitris Papamichail in a number of commercially successful movies. I Aliki sto Naftiko (Aliki in the Navy) grossed more than 590,000 tickets. 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.

In 1962 she was contracted to be the star in Finos Films' English language film Aliki (also known as Aliki, My Love). It premiered in London in June 1963, in New York in December 1963, and in Athens in 1964, but was a flop everywhere, even in her home country.[2] This was her one and only attempt to become an international movie star.

She was popularly known in press as National Star of Greece[3] - a term first coined by journalist Eleni Vlahou.[4] 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.[5] She appeared in 1981 for the last time on the big screen in Κατάσκοπος Νέλλη (Nellie, the Spy). She made only stage appearances thereafter.[why?]. 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. That same year, a television series based on the book, aired on Alpha TV channel.

Personal life[edit]

Vougiouklaki and Papamichail got married in the 1960s. 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.[6] In 1992 in an interview with Nikos Hadjinikolaou, Vougiouklaki revealed that she was secretly married to the Greek Cypriot businessman Giorgos Iliadis without mentioning the exact time the marriage took place nor the period of time it lasted.[7] In 2008 in an interview at "Simerini", Iliadis was reluctant to reveal details of the marriage, the article though mentioned that it ended in 1982[8]


In April 1996, while on tour in Thessaloniki performing "The Sound of Music", Vougiouklaki had severe stomachaches, which she believed were caused by the antibiotics she took due to the 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. Not having realized the gravity of the situation, she continued performing for another week before the tour was finally cancelled on April 29.

In Athens, a group of three professor doctors discovered that the actress had pancreatic cancer. On May 7, she traveled to Munich, where she underwent a series of additional tests during the three days she stayed there. On May 10, Vougiouklaki returned to Greece. On May 15, she made her last trip to Massachusetts General Hospital in the U.S. in a final effort to be cured. On May 19, she returned permanently to Athens and finally, on May 22 entered the Athens Medical Center.[9][10][11] On July 14 she fell into hepatic coma and had no communication with those around her. After two months of hospitalization, Vougiouklaki died on July 23, 1996 at 10:15 in Athens Medical Center.[12] Her funeral was held in Athens Cathedral on July 25, 1996 and she was buried in the First Cemetery of Athens.



Year Film Role Notes
1954 To Koritsi Me Ta Louloudia or To Pontikaki (The Girl with Flowers or 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[13] - 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.[14][15][16]
1960 To Klotsoskoufi (The Kicked Skull-Cap) Mary Georganta
Madalena Madalena Best Actress in a Leading Role Award at 1st Thessaloniki International Film Festival[17]
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 Taxidi (The Trip) Marina
1963 I Pseftra (The Liar) Mary Delipetrou
Aliki Aliki Her first and only English-speaking film, opposite costars Wilfrid Hyde-White and Jess Conrad. Rudolph Maté was the director.[18]
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 «Sotiris»
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
1975 Vasilissa Amalia (Queen Amalia)[19] Queen Amalia 68 EIRT Based on a fictional love story between Amalia of Oldenburg, former Queen of Greece and spouse of King Otto and Dimitrios Kallergis.
1977 I Theatrina (Actress)[20] Julia 33 ERT Based on W. Somerset Maugham's and Guy Bolton's novel Theatre.
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 Widower, the Widow and The Worst) Helena Halkou - Magie - Herself 1 (22nd) ΑΝΤ1
1993 Deka Mikroi Mitsi (Ten Little «Mitsi») An arrested woman 1 (20th)[21] 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.[22][23][24]
  • 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 before being broken by Safe Sex.[5]
  • She worked with writer Willy Russell when she performed in Shirley Valentine onstage in 1989.
  • Scottish writer Ali Smith used a portrait of Aliki Vougiouklaki (from the picture Klotsoskoufi by Dinos Dimopoulos, 1960) in her book Artful, an essay about four lectures given at Oxford University by the writer.


  1. ^ Interview with ELAS member Christos Koutsouyeros (in Greek), retrieved 26 February 2014 
  2. ^ Greek Reporter, 5 April 2014: Aliki Vougiouklaki’s 1962 Forgotten Debut Movie in English Linked 2014-06-26
  3. ^ Aliki Vouyouklaki profile,; accessed 26 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Extras", a page from website
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  6. ^ "Details about Vougiouklaki-Papamichail divorce with photocopy of the original divorce document",; accessed 10 April 2014.
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  13. ^ Thessaloniki International Film Festival Award Winners of 1960; accessed 10 April 2014.
  14. ^ - Back in time | Ο πρώτος χρυσός δίσκος που απονεμήθηκε στην Ελλάδα
  15. ^ - Τα ρεκόρ του ελληνικού τραγουδιού
  16. ^ - Ο πρώτος χρυσός δίσκος της ελληνικής δισκογραφίας
  17. ^, Thessaloniki International Film Festival Award Winners of 1960
  18. ^ Aliki My Love profile; accessed 26 February 2014.
  19. ^ - Βασίλισσα Αμαλία (1975)
  20. ^ - Η Θεατρίνα (1977)
  21. ^ - Δέκα Μικροί Μήτσοι
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