Rena Vlahopoulou

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Rena Vlachopoulou
Native name Ειρήνη «Ρένα» Βλαχοπούλου
Born Irene Vlachopoulou
Corfu, Greece
Died July 29, 2004 (aged 80–81)
Athens, Greece
Occupation actress, singer
Spouse(s) Costas Vasileiou (1938–1942)
Yiannis Costopoulos (1942–1946)
Yiorgos Lafazanis (1967)

Irene "Rena" Vlachopoulou (Ειρήνη «Ρένα» Βλαχοπούλου; February 20, 1923 – July 29, 2004) was a Greek actress and singer. She starred in theatre, musical, and Greek cinema productions, including The Gambler and The Countess of Corfu.

Vlahopoulou was born on the island of Corfu, the fifth of nine children. She first began playing the piano, taught by her father, Giannis Vlahopoulos. When she turned ten, she began singing at a local bakery; she was a talented dancer and actress and a qualified operetta mezzo soprano. Over the course of her fifty-five-year career she appeared in 105 theatrical plays between 1939 and 1994, and twenty-six films between 1951 and 1985. She was a charismatic comedienne, with considerable singing and dancing talents, and remained hugely popular on stage and film throughout her long career.

In 1938, Vlahopoulou fell in love with an AEK footballer, Kostas Vasileiou. The couple eloped to Athens and were married in the summer of 1939. Rena began singing at the Oasis varieté show in the Zappeion gardens, where Mimis Traiforos presented his new work. In the winter of 1930–40, she sang at the World Theatre of Kostas Makedos at Panepistimiou Street. In the winter of 1940, the Italian Army bombed Corfu, and she lost two of her relatives. The marriage with Vasileiou ended, and in 1942 she married her second husband, a banker named Gianni Kostopoulos. She divorced Kostopoulos in 1946.

She married her third and final husband, Giorgos Lafazanis on September 18, 1967, but the couple remained childless. Vlahopoulou left Finos Film in 1966 and moved to Karagiannis-Karatzopoulos.

From 1972, the Greek cinema went through a period of decline because of the introduction of television, but Vlahopoulou continued to star in films for the next seven years.

During the 1980s she suffered from gastrorrhagias. In 1992 and 1993, she starred in the musical comedy Gia Tin Ellada Re Gamo To (Για την Ελλάδα ρε γαμώ το), after which she retired.


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