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Aliki Vougiouklaki
Αλίκη Βουγιουκλάκη
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Vougiouklaki signing an autograph. Israel, 1964
Born (1934-07-20)20 July 1934
Marousi, Athens, Greece.
Died 23 July 1996(1996-07-23) (aged 62)
Athens, Greece
Education National Theatre of Greece
  • Actress
Years active 1953–1996
Dimitris Papamichail
(m. 1965; div. 1975)
Children 1
Relatives Takis Vougiouklakis (brother),
Antonis Vougiouklakis (brother)

Aliki Stamatina Vougiouklaki (Greek: Αλίκη Σταματίνα Βουγιουκλάκη Greek pronunciation: [aˈlici stamaˈtina vuʝuˈklaci]; 20 July 1934 – 23 July 1996) was a Greek cinema and theater actress, singer and theatrical producer. She is one of the most popular actresses in Greece, and was given the title of the National Star of Greece. Theatrically, she mostly starred in renditions of widely known Broadway musicals as well as multiple Greek tragedy plays. Vougiouklaki died in 1996 at the age of 62, just three months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Aliki Vougiouklaki made her stage debut in a 1953 Athens production of Molière's Le Malade imaginaire. Around the same time, she made her movie debut in The Little Mouse (1954). She then appeared in over 41 films, one of which, apart from the original Greek, also had a Turkish version but was never officially released in Turkey because of political issues between the two neighboring countries. The majority of her movies met with great success and in 1960 she won the award for Best Actress at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival for her performance in the movie Madalena.


Vougiouklaki was born in Marousi to Emmy Koumoundourou and Ioannis Vougiouklakis, who was the provincial governor of Arcadia in the Peloponnese during the war and was executed by the resistance organisation ELAS as a collaborator. She had two brothers, Takis Vougiouklakis (film director) and Antonis (an architect). As a student, she participated in school plays, which eventually led her to an acting career. In 1952, she secretly auditioned for National Theatre of Greece, passed the exams, and started attending classes. She graduated three years later.


Her first theatrical role was in The Imaginary Invalid, Molière, in 1953, while her first movie, The Little Mouse, was in 1954. She appeared in 42 movies, mostly musicals, television programs, and theatrical productions. She co-starred with Dimitris Papamichail in most of the movies and in a number of theatrical plays.

She received the prize for lead woman's role at the inaugural Greek Cinema Festival in Thessaloniki in 1960 for her starring role in Madalena while the movie Ipolochagos Natassa (1970) was the biggest box office success in Greek Cinema.

In 1961 she established her own theatre company and presented successful theatrical plays. In 1962 she was contracted to star in Finos Films' English language film Aliki, My love (also known as Aliki). It premiered in London and New York in June 1963, and in Athens in 1964. However, it didn't receive the expected success. This failure to make it internationally was the reason she never again attempted an "international movie star" career.

She was popularly known in the press as the National Star of Greece—a term first coined by journalist Eleni Vlahou in 1959. Her last movie was "Nelly, The Spy" (Κατάσκοπος Νέλλη), in 1981. The decline of Greek Cinema prompted her to concentrate on her theatrical career, producing 53 plays. In 1975 she brought to the stage large scale musicals, which changed the usual Greek style of theatrical musical.

In 2008, her son published a biography of Vougiouklaki, Eho Ena Mistiko (I Have A Secret), the title of a song she sang in Maiden's Cheek. That same year, a television series based on the book aired on the Alpha TV channel.

Personal life

Vougiouklaki married her co-student in National Theater and co-player, Dimitris Papamichail, on 18 January 1965. On 4 June 1969 she gave birth to their son, Yiannis Papamichail. The couple got divorced in 1975 due to "Irreconcilable Differences". In 1992, in an interview with Nikos Hadjinikolaou, Vougiouklaki revealed that she secretly married Giorgos Iliadis, a Greek Cypriot businessman, on 25 January 1982 in Athens. They had met in 1976. The couple divorced only a couple of months later, due to personal reasons cited by Iliadis, which Vougiouklaki respected.


In April 1996, while on tour in Thessaloniki performing the Greek version of The Sound of Music play, Vougiouklaki had severe stomachaches which she believed were caused by the antibiotics she was taking due to a case of bronchitis which had been bothering her. After performing tests at the Express Service, a medical diagnostic centre in Thessaloniki, she was diagnosed with hepatoma, a malignant tumour in her liver. Not having realised the gravity of the situation, she continued performing for another week before the tour was finally cancelled, with her last performance onstage on 28 April.

In Athens, a group of three doctors discovered that the actress had pancreatic cancer. On 7 May she travelled to Munich, where she underwent a series of additional tests. On 10 May Vougiouklaki returned to Greece. On 15 May she traveled to Massachusetts General Hospital in the U.S. in a final effort to be cured. On 19 May she returned permanently to Athens and finally, on 22 May, entered the Athens Medical Centre. On 14 July she fell into hepatic coma and had no communication with those around her. After two months in hospital Vougiouklaki died at 10:15 on 23 July 1996, 3 days after her birthday, in Athens Medical Centre. Her funeral was held in Athens Cathedral on 25 July 1996 and she was buried in the First Cemetery of Athens.


  • The film I Aliki Sto Nautiko (1961) was filmed aboard the active Greek naval vessel Aetos D01, which previously saw action during World War 2 with the United States Navy as USS Slater DE-766. Slater now operates as a museum ship in Albany, NY.
  • Chtipokardia sto thranio (1963) was shot simultaneously in Greek and Turkish, with two different crews. Vougiouklaki starred in both versions, with her voice being dubbed in the Turkish version, Siralardaki heyecanlar.
  • She worked with writer Willy Russell when she performed in Shirley Valentine onstage in 1989.
  • Scottish writer Ali Smith used a portrait of Vougiouklaki (from the picture Klotsoskoufi by Dinos Dimopoulos, 1960) in her book Artful about four lectures given at Oxford University by the writer.



Year Film Role Notes
1954 To Koritsi Me Ta Louloudia or To Pontikaki (The Girl with Flowers or The Little Mouse) Krinoula (or Pontikaki)
1955 O Agapitikos Tis Voskopoulas (Lover of the Shepherdess) Kristallo
1956 To Koritsi Me Ta Paramithia (The Girl With The Fairy Tales) Agni
1957 Maria Pentagiotissa Maria Pentagiotissa
Diakopes Stin Aegina (Holidays in Aegina) Aliki
Charoumeni Alites (Happy Tramps) Annoula
Erotas Stous Ammolofous (Love in the Sand Dunes) Anna
I Zavoliara (The Cheater) Lenio
1958 Erotikes Istories (Love Stories) Maritsa Vertebrate movie with 3 parts. Vougiouklaki starred at the 3rd part, «The Sunday Rendez-Vous».
O Mimikos Ke I Mary (Mimikos and Mary) Mary Weber
I Mousitsa (The Jade) Aliki
Astero Astero
1959 To Ksilo Vgike Ap' Ton Paradiso (The Beating Come Out From Paradise - Int'l title: Maiden's Cheek) Liza Papastavrou Best Retrospective Movies Award at 1st Thessaloniki International Film Festival - The vinyl that contained 2 songs from the film, the «Echo Ena Mistiko» (I have a secret) and «To Gkrizo Gati» (The gray kitten); both music composition by Manos Hadjidakis, was the 1st Gold Disk ever awarded in Greek discography history.
1960 To Klotsoskoufi (The Kicked Skull-Cap) Mary Georganta
Madalena Madalena Best Actress in a Leading Role Award at 1st Thessaloniki International Film Festival
1961 I Liza Ke I Alli (Liza and the Other Woman) Liza Fragoudi/Mitsi Gavriiloglou
I Aliki Sto Nautiko (Aliki in the Navy; international title: Alice in the Navy) Aliki
1962 Taxidi (The Trip) Marina
1963 I Pseftra (The Liar) Mary Delipetrou
Aliki Aliki Her first and only English-speaking film, opposite costars Wilfrid Hyde-White and Jess Conrad. Rudolph Maté was the director.
Chtipokardia Sto Thranio (Heartbeats at Desk) Liza Petrovasili
Siralardaki Heyecanlar (During the Thrills) Turkish version of «Chtipokardia Sto Thranio»
1964 I Soferina (The Woman Chauffeur) Mary Diamantidou
To Doloma (The Bait) Keti
O Paras Ke O Foukaras (The Lucre and the Wretch) Cameo as herself
1965 Monterna Stahtopouta (Modern Cinderella) Katerina Pieri
1966 I Kori Mou I Sosialistria (My Daughter the Socialist) Liza Delvi «Sotiris»
Diplopenies (international title: Dancing The Syrtaki) Marina
1967 To Pio Lampro Asteri (The Brightest Star) Katerina
Ah Afti I Gineka Mou (Ah My Wife) Nina
1968 To Koritsi Tou Louna Park (The Girl from the Amusement Park) Margarita
I Arhontissa Ke O Alitis (Lady and the Tramp) Rena Katsarou – Pipis
I Agapi Mas (Our Love) Marina Razelou
1969 I Neraida Ke To Palikari (The Fairy and the Young Man) Katerinio Fourtounaki
I Daskala Me Ta Ksantha Mallia (The Teacher with the Blonde Hair) Mirto Theodorou Karatasou
1970 Ena Asteio Koritsi (A Funny Girl) Christina Her son Giannis, appears as an infant laughing in the Circus during her performance.
Ipolochagos Natassa (Lieutenant Natassa) Natassa Armeni
1971 S' Agapo (I Love You) Angela
I Kori Tou Iliou (The Daughter of the Sun) Maya Vali
1972 I Aliki Diktator (Aliki Dictator) Aliki
I Maria Tis Siopis (Mary of the Silence) Maria Gerali
1980 Poniro Thiliko, Katergara Gineka (Cunning Female, Trickster Woman) Elena Ntavari
1981 Kataskopos Nelly (Nelly the Spy) Nelly


Year Title Role Episodes Channel Notes
1975 Vasilissa Amalia (Queen Amalia) Queen Amalia 68 EIRT Based on a fictional love story between Amalia of Oldenburg, former Queen of Greece and spouse of King Otto and Dimitrios Kallergis.
1977 I Theatrina (Actress) Julia 33 ERT Based on W. Somerset Maugham's and Guy Bolton's novel Theatre.
1991 Ke Efthimi Ke Hira (Merry and a Widow) Anna Radek 15 ΑΝΤ1 Based on Franz Lehár's operetta, The Merry Widow.
1993 O Hiros, I Hira Ke Ta Hirotera (The Widower, the Widow and The Worst) Helena Halkou – Magie – Herself 1 (22nd) ΑΝΤ1
1993 Deka Mikroi Mitsi (Ten Little «Mitsi») An arrested woman 1 (20th) MEGA
1995 Enan Elliniko (A Greek Coffee) Cameo (as herself) 1 (1st) ΑΝΤ1
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