Olga Karlatos

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Olga Karlatos
Karlatos in My Friends (1975)
Olga Vlassopulos

(1945-04-20) April 20, 1945 (age 79)
Alma materKent University
  • Actress
  • lawyer
Years active1966–1986
(m. 1967; div. 1982)
(m. 1983; died 2014)

Olga Karlatos (Greek: Όλγα Καρλάτου; born Olga Vlassopulos, April 20, 1945) is a retired Greek actress and Bermudian lawyer, known primarily for performing in Italian horror cinema.[1]


Karlatos in Amici miei (1975)

Between the end of the sixties and the early seventies, Karlatos had a short career as a singer, recording an EP and some singles in French and Italian, including the theme song of the drama Eneide of which she starred as Dido, the legendary queen of Carthage. In 1975 she took part in the film My Friends, directed by Mario Monicelli, in which he played Donatella, the unhappy wife of the surgeon Alfeo Sassaroli.[2]

Olga Karlatos and Gregory Peck in the TV movie The Scarlet and the Black (1983)

During the eighties she participated in the film of Mauro Bolognini The Lady of the Camellias (1981), with Isabelle Huppert, she later played the starring role in Lucio Fulci giallo film Murder Rock (1984),[3][4] a small part in the film of Sergio Leone Once Upon A Time In America (1984), and the film musical Purple Rain (1984) with Prince, in which she played the singer's mother.[5]

She also appeared in such television productions as Peter and Paul (1981), The Scarlet and the Black (1983), Quo Vadis? (1985) and Miami Vice (1986).

Post-acting career[edit]

In 2007, Karlatos graduated from Kent University with a law degree and was admitted to the Bermuda Bar Association in 2010.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Karlatos married French filmmaker Nikos Papatakis in 1967. The couple had one child together, son Serge (b. 1967) before their divorce in 1982. The next year, she wed American director, producer and writer Arthur Rankin after he cast her in a television adaption of The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Sins of Dorian Gray. They later settled in Bermuda.

Selected Filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1975 My Friends Donatella Sassaroli
1976 Keoma Liza Farrow
Gloria Mundi Galai
1977 Wifemistress Dr. Paola Pagano
1978 Blood and Diamonds Maria
Damned in Venice Madeleine Winters
Cyclone Monica
Convoy Busters Anna
The Idlers of the Fertile Valley Sofia
1979 A Dangerous Toy Laura Griffo
Zombi 2 Paola Menard
Velvet Hands Petula Quiller
The Finzi Detective Agency Clara Moser
1980 Eleftherios Venizelos 1910-1927 Queen Sophia
Exodos Kindynou - Emergency Exit Daisy Alexiou
1984 Once Upon A Time In America Wayang Patron
Murder Rock Candice Norman
Purple Rain Mother


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Der Schatz des Priamos Sophia Schliemann TV movie
1981 Peter and Paul Berenice Miniseries
1983 The Scarlet and the Black Francesca Lombardo TV movie
1985 Quo Vadis? Epicaris Miniseries
1986 Miami Vice Felicia Diaz Episode: Forgive Us Our Debts


  1. ^ "Movies". Nytimes.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  2. ^ "Movie Review - Screen: 'My Friends,' Italian Comedy:4 Middle-Aged Men in the Provinces Outrageous Practical Jokes in a Parable". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Profile, DVDTalk.com; accessed 3 August 2017.
  4. ^ Profile, DVDVerdict.com; accessed 3 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Movie Review - 'PURPLE RAIN,' WITH PRINCE". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "65-Year-Old Called To Bermuda Bar". Bernews.com. October 15, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2017.

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