Sakellaridis, Theofrastos Biography
biography of Sakellaridis, TheofrastosTheofrastos Sakellaridis gained fame and wealth at the age of 17 and is regarded as one of the most successful Greek playwrights and composers. It was in the year 1900 that his operettas and music scores began to be performed in Athens, Greece. He founded The Greek Lyric Opera and wrote over a hundred scripts and music scores during his lifetime. He married actress Kiriaki Litsaku in 1929 after meeting her during a rehearsal where she was cast as one of the chorus girls and had one son together, Giannis Sakellarides. Theofrastos' life was filled with fame, wealth, writing, and attending parties with Greek aristocracy and famous artists of the time. In the fall of 1940 he lost his fortune and fame when Greece was invaded by Nazi Germany and theatrical productions ceased. By the time the war had ended he was flat broke and many of his scripts were lost and stolen. He had survived the war by selling all of his assets for money to buy food. He also got a job playing the piano in an Athenian movie theater where he would play the music score that accompanied silent films that were shown. After the war ended he began to continue writing and was planning a comeback to his career with several music scores and opera scripts as The Greek Lyric Opera House planned to reopen. However, it was all cut short when he died suddenly of cancer in 1950.
- 'Kiriaki Litsaku' (1929 - 1 January 1950) (his death); 1 child
- Charicature drawing with a cigarette and top hat
- Grandfather of actor Theo Sakellarides.
- Was a founding member of The Greek Lyric Opera in Athens, Greece.
- Had a biographical opera written about his life that was produced by The Greek Lyric Opera in 2008.
- Was invited to give a series of lectures in New York City with an invitation to travel abroad via the Titanic. He declined the invitation. If he had accepted, he would have likely been one of the passengers on the Titanic's fateful maiden voyage.
- Is the grandfather of American actor Theo Sakellarides.
- Was one of the wealthiest Greek citizens of all time until the start of World War II.
- His father was a successful composer as well for the Greek Orthodox Church. All of his father's Greek Orthodox Church hymns are still sung in church services today.
- Has a street in Athens named in his honor.
- Several of his works are still produced in professional theaters throughout Greece and are popular with audiences. Many of his works have also been converted into movies.
- Was an acquaintance of Franz Lehar.
- Was honored with a burial plot in Athens Cemetery by the city of Athens after his death. The cemetery is reserved for high ranking artists, celebrities and politicians. Permission to be buried is extremely selective.
- Has his own exhibit at The Greek Theatrical Museum in Athens.
- (January 1950) Buried in Athens Cemetery in Athens, Greece
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