12 December 1942
|Died||18 August 2017 (aged 74)|
Porto Rafti, Greece
|Resting place||First Cemetery of Athens|
|Other names||Zoitsa Laskari|
(m. 1967; div. 1971)
(m. 1976; died 2017)
Zoe Laskari was born Zoe Kouroukli in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 12 December 1942—not 1943 or 1944, as had been misreported during her lifetime and after her death—into a middle class family which had a long tradition of service to the Hellenic Army. Her father was murdered during the German occupation in late 1943.
She was raised by her maternal grandparents. In 1959, she won the title of Star Hellas (Miss Greece) - in order to participate in the pageant she added two years to her age to be of age and went on to represent Greece at the Miss Universe pageant in Long Beach, California where she made it to the semifinals. However, while being in the United States, it was revealed that she was still legally a minor, having obscured her true age. She refused to return to Greece and stayed in New York City for about 18 months.
In 1967, she married industrialist Petros Koutoumanos, by whom she had her first daughter, Martha Koutoumanou. Their marriage ended in 1971. In June 1976, she married criminologist Alexandros Lykourezos, by whom she had a second daughter, Maria-Eleni Lykourezou.
Due to her success at the beauty pageant, director Giannis Dalianidis, offered her the starring role in O katiforos, a 1961 film, whose success gave her a rapid popularity and she shortly signed an exclusive contract with the biggest Greek film production company at the time, Finos Film. The films in which she appeared ranged from dramas to comedies and musicals. Some of her later movies were Stefania (1966) and Oi Thalassies oi Hadres (1967). Other Laskari film hits were Nomos 4000, Merikoi to protimoun kryo, Koritsia gia filima, Dakrya gia tin Ilektra, Mia kyria sta bouzoukia and Marihouana stop.
Her stage work included famous plays like Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the ancient Greek tragedy The Trojan Women by Euripides and Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park. Her theatrical hits include the play Oi erastes tou Oneirou which was also her first play in Athens. Laskari's first television appearance was her leading role in the TV series Romaios kai Ioulieta in 1976.
|1961||O katiforos||Rea Nikolaou||box office: 161,331|
|1962||Nomos 4000||Maria Oikonomou||box office: 118,841|
|Horis taftotita||Liana Mavroleontos|
|O atsidas||Anna Kourouzou||box office: 69,414|
|1963||Merikoi to protimoun kryo||Eva Aggelou||box office: 212,247|
|Ena koritsi gia dyo||Myrto||box office: 386,817|
|1964||Egoismos||Maria||box office: 344,675|
|1965||Teddy boy agapi mou||Zoe Eftyhidou|
|Koritsia gia filima||Tzeni||box office: 619,236|
|Istoria mias zois||Marigo / Maria / Mairi|
|Dakrya gia tin Ilektra||Ilektra Petridi||box office: 328,277|
|1967||Oi Thalassies oi Hadres||Mary Kaniatoglou||box office: 531,278|
|1968||Olga agapi mou||Olga Panagiotidoi-Vassileiadou||box office: 367,559|
|Mia kyria sta bouzoukia||Anna Masourou||box office: 615,483|
|Gymnoi sto dromo||Xenia Koumarianou|
|1969||Agapi gia panta||Eleni|
|1970||Aftoi pou milisan me ton thanato|
|1971||Marijuana Stop!||Kaiti Lagopoulou||box office: 312,260|
|1972||Aixmalotoi tou misous||Viky Kouvariotou||box office: 124,745|
|1973||Ston asterismo tis Parthenou||Koula||box office: 120,010|
|1974||Erastes tou oneirou||Zoe||box office: 70,456|
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- "A December 1983 article covering the celebration of her 40th birthday" (in Greek). 20 August 2017.
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