Zoë Kurukli

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Zoë Kouroukli

In the late sixties, Vangelis recorded music with various musicians and well known Greek artists like Maria, Ricardo Credi and Zoe Kouroukli, just before he left for France to become a member of Aphrodite's Child.

Zoe Laskari was born Zoe Kourouki December 12th 1942 on the island of Thessaloniki, Greece. Some sources claim she was born in 1944 or 1943, because she lied about her real age, she had to be older to attend at beauty peagants.

 

At a young age she lost both parents and she was raised by her grandparents. Zoe was to become one of the most famous Greek actresses of the "Golden Age of the Greek Cinema". In 1959 she became Star Hellas (Miss Greece) In 1961, aged 16, because of her success at the beauty pageant, she was chosen as the main character in the Greek movie "The Downhill" (O Katiforos). The big success of this movie made her a wellknown and beloved young actress and she signed a contract to the famous big Greek film production company Finos Film.

 

She played many roles in different kinds of films like romantic movies, comedy, musicalfilms or dramas. When the Golden Age of the Greek Cinema came to an end, mid seventies, she focussed on theaterplays. She became a singer as well. In these years she recorded several singles with various musicians.

 

Zoe Kouroukli married twice, the last time to a criminologist in 1976. Zoe passed away 18 August 2017 in her house at Porto Rafti in Greece. She left her two daughters Martha and Maria-Eleni and her husband Alexandros.

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