Myrto Altinoglou is Mikis Theodorakis’ wife.
What is means for her, to be Theodorakis’ wife, one can guess. A man who is so much in the company of others, of musicians, fans, in the media, lifelong, must have a strong partner next to him to be able to keep a private family life as well. She has followed him everywhere: photos prove that. In the meantime almost all his photos are available via google. All is public. But photos with Myrto are rare. There is a book about her: “My beloved Myrto”, “Πολυαγαπημένη μου Μυρτώ”. More about it in the third paragraph of this post.
Here follows not more than a short summary, not shortened, there is nothing more to be found:
1943: He meets Myrto Altinoglou, an ardent militant of EPON, (a Greek resistance organization that was active during the Axis Occupation of Greece in World War II), in her parents’ house, where he goes to listen to the BBC’s Greek broadcast. Ten years later, she becomes his wife.
19.03. 1953: Armed with eighteen thousand drachmas (€52,92, much more value in that time) , he marries Myrto Altinoglou, who has meanwhile finished her medical studies as a radiologist at the Curie–Institute. Theodorakis becomes her first patient.
30.11. 1959: Their daughter, Margarita, is born. The family visits Greece, where Theodorakis renews old contacts and makes new ones
05.05. 1960 Their son, Yorgos, is born in Paris.
Mikis Theodorakis’ public statement
In his speech, during a moving ceremony on December 16, 1997 at the Megaron Hall in Athens, when he hands over his archives (from the start in 1937 till then) Mikis Theodorakis unveils: “Through these endless years, two people have dedicated their lives to preserving all of my works : my father Georgios Theodorakis and my wife Myrto”.
Book about Myrto
- Isigóni, Margaríta I.: “My Beloved Myrto”
- Athens : Livani Publishing Organization, 2006. – 260p. ; 21x14cm.
- Original title: Ισηγόνη Μαργαρίτα Ι., “Πολυαγαπημένη μου Μυρτώ”
- ISBN 960-14-1201-8
- ISBN-13 978-960-14-1201-6 (Paper-bound) [In Print]
“Is there always a powerful woman behind a powerful man? In the case of Mikis Theodorakis this is true.
A great truth named Myrto Altinoglou. That girl with the “sweet smile, the childish eyes with the sudden glows… with the greatest finesse and grace…’’, “A fantasy and dreamy figure that arrived proudly and suddenly in order to conquer my existence just like the strange and unexplained elements of nature, just like light and joy…’’. The girl gifted with rare charismas, studiousness, diligence, organizational skills, discipline, vigour, persistence, patience- all inherited by the cradle of culture, Minor Asia, the home of her parents. His perfect supplement. Thus, with her deep love and loyalty she will stand as his pillar in the long, painful odyssey of incredible, tragic proceedings that shook his life at its beginning, up until their coveted marriage.”
“… I cannot live without you anymore. My only comfort is your letter. Worrying if anything is happening to you is killing me… Every moment of my life I remember you and worry. […] I hope this is our last separation and that when we meet we shall marry!”
The following video is my own creation, on the occasion of Mikis Theodorakis’ 85th birthday, on July 29, 2010.
Post updated: 13 November 2015 / Note: Searched for recent news. Did not find, not even when using the name with Greek characters.