Helena Kallianiotes

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Helena Kallianiotes
Helena Kallianiotes in
Kansas City Bomber (1972)
Born (1938-03-24) March 24, 1938 (age 80)
OccupationActress, dancer, property manager

Helena Kallianiotes (born March 24, 1938) is a Greek-American film actress. In 1973, she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her role as Jackie Burdette in Kansas City Bomber.

Career overview[edit]

During the late 1960s, Helena Kallianiotes was the resident belly dancer at The Intersection, a Greek restaurant in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. This engagement led to her first film appearance as an uncredited belly dancer in the 1968 film Head, directed by Bob Rafelson and starring The Monkees. Kallianiotes was later cast in another Rafelson film Five Easy Pieces, starring Jack Nicholson and Karen Black, in which she played Palm Apodaca, a neurotic, foul-mouthed "butch" hitch-hiker, traveling with her companion played by Toni Basil. In 1972, Kallianiotes appeared in her most celebrated role[1][2] as the ultra-aggressive roller derby skater Jackie Burdette in The Kansas City Bomber for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for the 1973 Golden Globe Awards. Other film roles include Mata Hari (not THE Mata Hari) in Shanks (1974), Elaine Reavis in The Drowning Pool (1975), Anita in Stay Hungry (1976), and the Visionary Woman in The Passover Plot (1976).

Helena Kallianiotes is featured on the cover of Art Garfunkel's LP Breakaway.


Year Title Role Notes
1968 Head Belly Dancer Uncredited
1969 Easy Rider Woman in Commune Uncredited
1970 Five Easy Pieces Palm Apodaca Was featured in the famous "chicken salad sandwich" scene with Jack Nicholson, Karen Black and Toni Basil.
The Baby Maker Wanda
1972 Kansas City Bomber Jackie Burdette Nominated for 1973 Golden Globe Award for "Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role."
1974 Shanks Mata Hari Not the historical figure--a moll in a biker gang who all use names of historical notables
1975 The Drowning Pool Elaine Reavis
1976 Stay Hungry Anita
The Passover Plot Visionary Woman
1983 Eureka Frieda
1990 Catchfire Grace Carelli


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