Katina Paxinou was a Greek film and stage actress. Having won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, she is regarded as the greatest Greek actress of the 20th century.
She started her stage career in Greece in 1928 and was one of the founding members of the National Theatre of Greece in 1932. The outbreak of World War II found her in the United Kingdom and she later moved to the United States, where she made her film debut in For Whom the Bell Tolls and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Paxinou appeared in a few more Hollywood films, before returning to Greece in the early 1950s. She then focused on her stage career and appeared in European films with remarkable acting performances. She died in 1973, after a long-term battle with cancer.