• George Clooney Calls (Again) for Return of Parthenon Sculptures to Greece

    George Clooney is not just seen as a handsome Hollywood actor anymore. He has a deeper love for Greece and her antiquities since being married to Human Rights lawyer Amal. Clooney has called for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece in a recent talk with Janet Suzman, chairwoman of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, according to reports from Ta Nea, the Hollywood actor told Suzman: “There are many objects of historical value that must be returned to their original owners. However, none of them is as important as the Parthenon Marbles.” George Clooney called on Britain to allow their permanent reunion in their…

  • Nana Mouskouri: The Highest Selling Female Artist Worldwide

    At 86 years old, the world famous singer Nana Mouskouri has sold more albums than any other female artist worldwide and has been a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF for over 20 years. The beautiful voice of Nana was born in Greece on the island of Crete. We wanted to share a beautiful glimpse of her accomplishments and life with all our readers. World Record Female Artist Sales: The acclaimed Greek singer and humanitarian Nana Mouskouri has released over 200 albums in at least 12 different languages, including: Greek, French, English, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Welsh, Mandarin Chinese and Corsican. She has sold over 350 million albums worldwide. Nana…

  • The Legendary Greek-American Telly Savalas

    Telly Savalas will always be remembered as the most legendary Greek-American actor, singer, and director of the 20th century. Aristotelis “Telly” Savalas was born in New York on January 21, 1922 and passed away to prostate cancer on January 22, 1994.  Savalas was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and appeared in over 50 popular movie rolls. He is most popularly known for his star role in the hit 70’s-80’s television show “Kojak”. Savalas played Theo Kojak, a Greek-American detective. Moreover, he was proudly involved in the Greek-American community and took part as Grand Marshall at many of the Greek parades in New York.   Telly Savalas…

  • Aristotle Onassis: The Lavish and Tragic Life of the Greek Tycoon

    The Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Socrates Onassis, was born on January 20th, 1906, in (then Greek) Smyrni (Izmir), (today called Turkey) and passed away on March 15th, 1975, near Paris, France. Onassis established the biggest supertanker and freighter fleet in the world and was one of the richest men at that time. His freight was so gigantic that it was bigger than the navies of many countries. The Onassis family were originally wealthy tobacco merchants, however the family of Onassis lost almost everything when the Turks recaptured Smyrni (modern Izmir), which had become a Greek city after World War I, in 1922. The Greek family, having fled to Greece, sent Onassis…

  • The Greek Roots of America’s Legendary Singer Tony Bennett

    We all know America’s famous Jazz singer Tony Bennett. Did you know he has Greek roots? The talented Tony Bennett was born in New York on August 3, 1926. He was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto. The popular singer’s paternal ancestors were originally from the small ‘Griko’ town of Podargoni. The small town of Podargoni, in the Metropolitan City of Reggio Calabria, is situated in the province of Calabria of Southern Italy (Calabrian Greek: Podàrghoni). This small town near the mountains of Aspromonte is 500m (1,600 feet) above sea level, at the foot of Mount Marrapà. Tony’s father was a Calabrian immigrant who decided to move to the United States for…

  • The Greek Roots of John Stamos

    Greek-American actor/musician John Stamos visited Greece on the TV show ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Stamos was born on August 19, 1963, in California. Stamos turns 58 today! He is half Greek from his father Bill who was from the Greek village of Kakouri, a mountainous village in Arcadia, located in the southern Peloponnese (hand part) of Greece and his mother was American, former model Loretta Phillips. Stamos is most known for his 90’s role as Uncle Jesse Katsopolis on ABC’s Full House comedic sitcom and for also starring as Dr. Tony Gates on the medical TV show drama ER. John has also played live with The Beach Boys in…

  • The Greek Roots of Jennifer Aniston (Anastasakis)

    Jennifer Aniston was born Joanna Anastasakis. The famous Hollywood actress is the daughter of Soap Opera star actor John Aniston. John was born in Chania, Crete on July, 24, 1933. Jen’s mother, Nancy Dow, was a model and actress who appeared in television shows such as “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “The Wild Wild West.” After suffering two strokes in 2011 and 2012, she died in 2016 at the age of 79. Aniston witnessed the divorce of her parents from a very young age, and it was extremely draining and difficult on her. She was left alone with a mother that was hard to deal with when she was just 9 years old. Her Dad,…

  • Greek American Golden Girl Betty White (Cachikis)

    Did you know? The beloved comedic actress of over 70 years and pioneer of TV, Betty White, is of Greek descent. White has been awarded the Guinness World Record for ‘Longest TV Career for a Female Entertainer’. She’s best known for her appearance in the hit sit-com “Golden Girls” as the ditzy blonde ‘Rose’. Betty has origins from Greece, England, Wales and Denmark and has referred to herself as a “mutt”. Betty White was an only child and born to a Greek mother, Christine Tess Cachikis. Her mom was a homemaker, and her father, Horace Logan White was a lighting company executive. Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois in…

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