Eleni Menegaki

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Eleni Menegaki
Born (1969-10-29) October 29, 1969 (age 50)
OccupationActress, TV Hostess
Years active1991-present
Spouse(s)Stavros Garderis (1989-1990)
Giannis Latsios (2001-2010)
Mateo Pantzopoulos (2015-)
ChildrenAggelos Latsios
Laura Latsiou
Valeria Latsiou
Marina Pantzopoulou

Eleni Menegaki (Greek: Ελένη Μενεγάκη) was born on October 29, 1969 is a Greek film, television and stage actress and talk show presenter. In 2010, Forbes ranked Menegaki as the second-most powerful and influential celebrity in Greece and top-ranked female.[1]

Career[edit]

First steps in MEGA Channel[edit]

Eleni Menegaki started her career as a model. In 1991, she participated in the MEGA Channel morning show "Proino Cocktail." A year later, she and Giorgos Polichroniou hosted the highly successful game show "MEGA Banca."

ANT1 Channel, "Pater Imon" and "Proinos Kafes"[edit]

In 1994, she starred in the successful ANT1 channel comedy TV show "Pater Imon" portraying a radio producer. The next year, she began hosting the ANT1 channel morning show "Proinos Kafes." She continued hosting the show for 10 years with great success and soon the media named her "Queen of the morning zone."

ALPHA Channel and "Kafes me tin Eleni"[edit]

In 2005, she left ANT1 channel and signed to Alpha Channel. She became the hostess of the morning show "Kafes me tin Eleni." Despite low ratings in the first season, it soon became a great success, especially in the commercial target group 15–44 years of age. In its last season (2010-2011), "Kafes me tin Eleni" suffered the lowest ratings ever.

ALPHA Channel and "Eleni"[edit]

In 2011, Menegaki's show changed its time starting at 13:00 and aired under the new title "Eleni." Tv ratings have been fluctuating.

Filmography[edit]

As herself[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1991-1992 Cocktail Herself Co-host
1992-1994 Mega Banca Herself Co-host
1995-2005 Proinos Kafes Herself Host
ANT1's Beauty Pageant Herself Host
2005-2011 Kafes me tin Eleni Herself Host
2011–present Eleni Herself Host

As actress[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Ah Eleni minister' s secretary 1 episode
Ta mpakouria Kris Katarahias 1 episode
1994-1996 Pater Imon Eleni Alexaki Main role
1997 Karabola Herself 1 episode
1998 Ntanta gia oles tis doulies Herself 1 episode
2014 Apo Allo Anekdoto Herself 1 episode
2017 Min Arhizeis ti mourmoura Herself 1 episode

Personal life[edit]

Menegaki has been married three times and has four children from her second and third marriages.

At the age of 20, Menegaki married entrepreneur Stavros Garderis, separating a year later.

In 2001, she married the ANT1's program manager Giannis Latsios. On November 15, 2002 she gave birth to their first child, a son, Aggelos-Ioannis. On February 9, 2005 she gave birth to their daughter, Laura, and three years later, on January 28, 2008 their third child was born, a daughter, Valeria. In January 2010, Menegaki announced her divorce from Latsios.

She has since been in a relationship with entrepreneur Mateo Pantzopoulos. On March 29, 2015, she gave birth to their daughter, Marina and the same year, they married.

Public image and impact[edit]

With the success of her shows, Menegaki became the most successful celebrity in Greece. She is followed by paparazzi and makes headlines everywhere. Her divorce from Giannis Latsios became a controversial and highly discussed topic. She is considered a role model by many Greek women.[citation needed] According to rumors in blogs, tabloids and newspapers, she is the highest-paid person in Greek TV. Thema newspaper once stated that she earns 100.000 euro per month.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Greek List" (in Greek). Forbes. 4 December 2010. p. 37.