Maria Vassiliou (Greek: Μαρία Βασιλείου), commonly also known as Maro Vassiliou (Μάρω Βασιλείου) or Mari Vassiliou (Μαρί Βασιλείου) was a Cypriot actress.
Born on 16 September 1950, she became an amateur actress and moved from London to Ekali, Athens following her sorting out for the main role as a prostitute in Evdokia, a film directed by Alexis Damianos in 1971. For her role in Evdokia, she was awarded the prize for best actress in the International Film Festival of Thessaloniki. She went on to star in other films, such as She knew no other way (1973) and finally on Theodoros Angelopoulos's The Travelling Players, in 1975.
Vassiliou was diagnosed with cancer in Cyprus and died in London in July 1989. She kept her illness a secret and her whereabouts were lost until recently, sparking rumours claiming that she had been killed in a car crash in London in 1977.
Filmography on IMDB
^ Ethnos, Alexis Damianos: The poet of images (in Greek)
^ in.gr, Συγκίνηση και αναμνήσεις του '70 στην προβολή της θρυλικής «Ευδοκίας» στη Θεσσαλονίκη, 24-11-2004 (in Greek).
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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