Whatever happened to Olga Karlatos?

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In the 70s and 80s, Olga Karlatos was one of the most beautiful Greek women, one of the few who actually managed to have a career in movies outside the Greek borders. She acted in classics like "Mi amici mei" and "Once Upon a Time in America" and she also became a star in Italian horror movies, like Zombie were she famously had her eye taken out in a classic splatter scene. In the small screen she co-starred with Gregory Peck in "The Scarlett and the Black". She alsdo starred in Greek movies as "Idlers of the Fertile Valley", by Nikos Panayotopoulos, and "Eleftherios Venizelos" by Pantelis Voulgaris, In 1984 the Prince asked her to play his mother in his Academy Award acclaimed movie "Purple Rain".

 

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Cover Girl for Eikones magazine in 1966

 

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With Maximilian Schell in "Paolina 1880".

 

Olga Vlassopoulos, -her real name- was born in 1947 into an especially impoverished family in a destitute country emerging from the twin catastrophes of World War Two and a subsequent civil war. Books were her only luxury. "My mother, because we were poor, said we had no land on which to build a future," said Mrs . Rankin. "She said we needed to look on our brains as our land. If we could cultivate our intellects and our abilities, we could prosper. And she was right."
She studied acting on a scholarship at the National Theatre in Athens and married her first husband, the Greek director, producer and avant-garde trailblazer Nico Papatakis. She and Papatakis fled to Paris shortly after the junta seized power.
Based between Paris Athens and Rome, she went from being a talented but complete unknown to becoming a fixture in European films and television during the 1970s and early '80s.

 

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With Franco Nero in the spaghetti western ''Keoma''.

 

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With Claudia Cardinalle.

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With Gregory Peck in the mini series "Τhe Scarlett and the Black"

 

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In a period piece for RAI.

 

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Looking gorgeous on the cover of Tachidromos.

 

In 1984 she and Papatakis divorced and the next year she married director Arthur Rankin Jr and soon retired from acting. They stayed together till his death in 2014. In 2003 the couple decided to move to the Bahamas where they started a new comfortable life.

 

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Δικηγόρος πλέον στις Βερμούδες, όπου ζει μόνιμα από το 2003.

 

Olga decided to resume her abruptly terminated academic pursuits at New York University, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies in 2003 and earning a Masters in Humanities and Social Thought the following year. Then she attended a Bermuda College seminar hosted by the University of Kent's Law School — and immediately felt she had found a professional focus. She was admitted to the Bermuda Bar Association in 2010
"When I was about to start out on my legal studies, I did say to myself, 'I can't do this, I'm too old'," she said. "What really got me to move forward is something I think younger people also need to be reminded of. Aesop told the fable of the braggart who said he could produce witnesses in faraway Rhodes to his supposedly huge leaps in a sporting competition. One of the people he was boasting to said 'Here is Rhodes' — in other words, do it. Here and now. Show us what you can do. Rhodes is really within us and we must always be ready to jump. I believe in action. You can never be too old."

 

Michael Argyropoulos

Source: www.bernews.com/

 

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