June 1, 1989 |
Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou's girlfriend said today he is free to remarry and they plan to hold a church wedding. Flight attendant Dimitra Liani, 34, said Papandreou's marriage to his American wife, Margaret, is over after 38 years. Speaking in a radio interview from the living room of a luxury villa where she moved in with the 70-year-old prime minister last November, she said they planned to marry to seal a "perfect" relationship. "Margaret Papandreou is a woman who stood by the prime minister's side, a family was created and she always helped him. But this has ended.
June 16, 1989 |
Andreas Papandreou, the black sheep Socialist who runs Greece with wasp's tongue and autocrat's whim, is a man of both passion and tradition. As darkness falls on historic Constitution Square tonight, he will acknowledge the cheers of tens of thousands there to salute their charismatic champion. The climactic downtown election rally, as Greek as ouzo, could be Papandreou's last hurrah. The Yankee-baiting former Berkeley economics professor who has dominated Greek political life for a decade is the snarling underdog in his quest for a third term as prime minister.
October 20, 1987 |
The American-born wife of Greek Premier Andreas Papandreou says she is not planning to divorce her husband of 36 years. Margaret Papandreou was responding to Greek and U.S. news reports that she planned to return to the United States and file for divorce because of the premier's dalliance with a 33-year-old Greek flight attendant. "Marriages pass through crises, especially long marriages, and ours is no exception," Margaret Papandreou, 64, told the newspaper Messimvrini on Monday.
June 4, 1990 |
The retired president of the University of Oregon, who has been linked to the ex-wife of former Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou, says he's moving to Greece for good. "The truth of the matter is that Athens has something that Eugene doesn't have," said Paul Olum. "And I don't mean the Acropolis." He said he'll leave Oregon by the end of the month. Close friends have guessed for months that Olum, 71, was becoming romantic about Margaret Papandreou, The Oregonian newspaper reported today.
September 20, 1998 |
Hara Ventouris' life took an opulent turn when she married into one of Greece's shipping dynasties. There was a seaside villa, her black Mercedes and servants to help care for the couple's three small children. It all went bad in 1995. Her husband, George Ventouris, ordered her out to make room for his mistress, pregnant with their second out-of-wedlock child. He also demanded custody of the children from the marriage. Hara Ventouris tried to fight back.