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Titika Nikiforaki
Titika Nikiforaki
Birth: 1912/1914
Irakleio, Crete, Greece (?). Crete was not united with Greece until 1913.
Death: 20 October 2019
Athens, Greece
Age: 105/107 years
Country: GreeceGRE
Centenarian

Titika Nikiforaki [Greek: Τιτίκα Νικηφοράκη] (1912 or 1914 – 20 October 2019) was a Greek centenarian and the oldest Greek actress at the time of her death.

Biography

Katerina "Titika" Nikiforaki was born in Irakleio, Crete in 1914 and according to fewer sources in 1912. Originally married to the painter Nikos Nikolaou, she was in frequent contact with many creators of the spirit such as Tsarouchis, Eggonopoulos, Moralis, Capralos (sculptor), from whom she was greatly influenced in her work, as she stated in her unique interview. Her theatrical career, in the beginning, was not easy, due to the fact that her father did not agree with the prospect of becoming an actress. So Nikiforaki enrolled in the School of Fine Arts, but secretly left and attended theatrical studies.

A graduate with honors from the Drama School (contemporary with Aspasia Papathanassiou, Melina Mercouri, Andreas Filippidis, etc.) of the -then- Royal Theater with teachers Rontiris and Veakis, he immediately joined his staff. Her first stage presence was her participation in the Dance of the show "Electra". Her first performance was in the play "Peer Good" by Eric Ibsen at the National Theater in 1935. A few years later he joined an independent troupe together with Vasso Manolidou and Mary Aroni. He starred, among others, in the plays "People and Mice" and "Summer Night Dream" directed by Karolos Koun, which were performed at the National Theater. She was (in a second marriage) the wife of the charismatic actor Nikos Hadjiskos and his comedian at the open-air theater "Kipos" of the National Garden, where they held pioneering events. With him he created several more theatrical scenes such as "Kava" and they played interesting roles. He is considered by art people to be one of the most beloved teachers of theater. She continued to be mentally alert and lucid in her centenarian years, but she didn't like much publicity.

She died in Athens, Greece on 20 October 2019 at the age of 105 or 107 years. The Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni made the following statement about the loss of the actress: "Titika Nikiforaki, even after her 100 years, continued to be a lively, restless, creative spirit, the favorite teacher of hundreds of students of the National Theater, which distinguished her progressive teaching and surrounded her with love to the end. She was a great lady of Ggeek theater, a great actress and translator. Together with her husband, Nikos Hadjiskos, they contributed a lot to the theatrical research, founding the "Kava" theater, as well as other stages, pioneering for their time. He taught the classical works, but also dramatized the texts of Papadiamantis, Roidis, Makrygiannis, introducing new teaching methods. Her contribution is invaluable to the Greek theater. I express my heartfelt condolences to her relatives and friends."

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