Irene Papas (or Pappas) (Greek: Ειρήνη Παππά, born 3 September 1929) is a Greek actress and singer who starred in over 70 films in a career spanning more than 50 years. She became famous in Greece, and then internationally in feature films such as 'The Guns of Navarone' and 'Zorba the Greek'. She was a powerful protagonist in films including 'The Trojan Women' and 'Iphigenia'. She played the title roles in 'Antigone' (1961) and 'Electra' (1962).

Papas won Best Actress awards in 1961 at the Berlin International Film Festival for 'Antigone' and in 1971 from the National Board of Review for 'The Trojan Women'. She received career awards in 1993, the Golden Arrow Award at Hamptons International Film Festival, and in 2009, the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale.

In the view of film critic Philip Kemp, Papas was an awe-inspiring presence, which paradoxically limited her career. He admired her roles in the films of Michael Cacoyannis, including the defiant Helen of Troy in 'The Trojan Women'; the vengeful, grief-stricken Clytemnestra in 'Iphigenia'; and "memorably" as the cool but sensual widow in 'Zorba the Greek'.

Papas was a member of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), and in 1967 called for a "cultural boycott" against the military junta of Greece at that time. Her opposition to the regime sent her, and other artists such as Theodorakis whose songs she sang, into exile when the military junta came to power in Greece in 1967.

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