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  • In my younger days I had the pleasure of working and associating with actors and actresses both Greek and foreign and I must say that I honestly believe acting to be one of the harderst and most rewarding professions. Actors are mainly unemployed, underpaid- if they do get a salary- and have a thousand funny stories to tell. In my short career I heard a couple of stories I'd love to share.

    Aneta Papathanasiou has been an actress and producer of major documentaries in Greece. One fine day in September 1999 at three o' clock she was at rehearsal as usual , tied on a pole as her part required, when an earthquake happened! Everyone panicked, everyone ran for their lives...leaving poor Aneta tied on the pole while the building was shaking. She didn't know what to do. She couldn't untie herself on her own so she hopped to the edge of the stage and jumped down hoping to hop all the way to the theatre exit. Unfortunately this particular stage was rather high and she broke her leg. The earth kept on shaking for a little while longer, and when it stopped she expected her colleagues to come rescue her but ... in vain. They were told not to enter the building for at least a few hours. She spent the entire afternoon in agony, lying on the floor of the national theatre and she didn't even get to be in the play when it was finally staged because of her broken leg! This amazing accident however gave her some insight on what it is like to be criple and she later produced an award winning documentary on people with motor dissabilities and especially people suffering from multiple sclerosis.

    The other story took place in the 40s during the German occupation. Aleka Paizi was a young actress at the time. As it happened one day on the way to rehearsal she lost her purse. She was very upset because in those days it was really hard to get new papers, especially for someone that not only belonged to the communist party but had also set up an illegal printing press at her own house. So it was really dangerous for her to even try to go to the theatre in case someone stopped her and asked her for her papers. She didn't know what to do when all of a sudden a few days later she received a package by post with all of her papers inside together with a note saying pretty much the following: "Dear Miss, I accidentaly found your purse and I'm returning most of its contents as I believe they're valuable. The money I have kept and have had a couple of drinks to your health. I have also kept your photograph cause you're so beautiful". She felt relieved and flattered and wished the person who had found her purse would come look her up one day but he never did. She told us this story about 50 years later when she was an old woman and one of the best known actresses in Greece. She still wished that man had come to find her.
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