Greek actress and singer dies aged 96

Papas suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in recent years according to Greek media. The culture ministry did not say when she died. She was born in a village outside Corinth on the Peloponnese peninsula to a family of teachers; her father taught classical drama. Among her biggest early successes was the title role in 1962’s “Electra”, a cinematic transcription of Euripides’ ancient Greek tragedy directed by Michalis Cacoyannis. She played a Greek island resistance fighter against Nazi occupation in “The Guns of Navarone” and a young widowed woman on the island of Crete in “Zorba the Greek”.