When the junta took over Greece in 1967 she began an active and international struggle against it. In retaliation the junta revoked her Greek citizenship.
Upon the return to democracy in 1974 she entered political life with PASOK. From 1981 to 89 and again from 1993 to 1994 she was Minister of Culture. She was noted for her efforts to obtain the return of what the world (but not Mercouri) term the Elgin Marbles.
Once said "To be born Greek is to be magnificently cursed."(Updated 17 July 20)
I really thought she was on track to become the first woman prime minister of Greece, but that isn't likely now.(Updated 20 July 20)
(b. 1954) Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2009 (first women to hold position). She was a finalist to lead the party in 2009 but lost. She was seen as wanting to widen the party in contrast to the more conservative approach of the eventual winner, Antonis Samaras.
Was listed on Forbes Magazines list of 100 most powerful women in the world.
In May of 2010 she was expelled from the party for voting against party directives. A cheap move, in my view since she was voting the national interest rather than narrow partisanship. For a time was head of her own party, Democratic Alliance. In 2012 she was reunited to ND.
First elected to parliament in 1989. Won praise for her conduct as mayor of Athens (2003-06) before and during the 2004 Olympics, winning the title of World Mayor of the Year in 2005. Was first woman to hold that position. Former shadow secretary for Foreign Affairs and Defense.
Daughter of former conservative prime minister Constantine Mitsotakis. Born 1954. Her first husband was murdered by the November 17th terrorist group in 1989. It is claimed she is over 6'0" tall. I though she was a leading candidate to be the first woman Prime Minister. (Updated 17 July 20)Her web site (Up 17 July 2020; posted1/8/02)