With the (probably unfounded) rumor that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have bought a home on Santorini, they join a long line of Hollywood stars who have homes in Greece. Here is a list of a few of them.
Hollywood Stars in Greece
Elizabeth Taylor- In the 1960s, Taylor purchased (and apparently owned until her death) a home on the coast of the Greek island of Hydra. Its coastal spot right on the shore makes it most visible from a small boat tour around the island.
Leonard Cohen - Long before his greatest successes, Cohen bought a home on the Greek island of Hydra for a mere 1500 dollars. It's in the heart of Hydra Town and almost anyone can point it out to you.
Anthony Quinn - In a post-Zorba (or post "Guns of Navarone") passion for Greece, Quinn was allowed to purchase a small beach on the Greek island of Rhodes. At the time, it was nearly impossible for non-Greeks to purchase property, especially oceanfront property. Promises were supposedly made by him about developing a local movie studio, but these never came to pass - and Rhodians are still annoyed about it.
The original name of the bay was "Vagies Bay", but it is now known and signed as "Anthony Quinn Bay".
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
This power couple who exec produced "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" (among a few other notable accomplishments) have a home on the Greek island of Antiparos, just across the almost-wadable channel to Paros. Rita also was in Nia Vardalos' second Greek-themed movie, "My Life in Ruins".
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
The controversial second marriage of the U.S. President's widow put her on the map of Greece on the Onassis family island of Skorpios.
Famous Greeks at HomeYanni - This native of Kalamata still retreats to his family home in the Peloponnese.
Nicholas Gage - The author of "Eleni", the story of his brave mother's sacrifice for her children, enabled his daughter Eleni Gage to rebuild their destroyed family home in the village of Lia. She chronicled her experiences doing so in "North of Ithaka" - must reading for anyone considering renovating a house in Greece.
Temporary residents and visitors of Greece have included:
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who spent part of a summer docked off the Greek island of Skiathos, which is also famous as a location in Mamma Mia the Movie!
Many musicians spent a dimly-remembered summer during the 1960s living in the caves at Matala, Crete. The most famous of them is probably Joni Mitchell, who mentioned the still-charming village in her song "Carey". Supposedly Beatle George Harrison visited, along with Cat Stevens and many, many others.
Then-possible presidential candidate Newt Gingrich suffered criticism for taking off on a cruise of Greece at an awkward moment in his soon-to-fail campaign.
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