CHICAGO – On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Maria Callas, December 2, Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) Great Lakes Region will present a discussion with award-winning author, investigative reporter, and film producer Nicholas Gage about the life of the legendary diva, and his book, Greek Fire: The Story of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis. The virtual event will be moderated by journalist and author Maria A. Karamitsos.
Gage, born Nikolaos Gatzoyiannis in Lia, Epiros, Greece, in 1939 and moved to the United States when he was nine years old, following his mother’s execution. In 1964, he earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, with one goal in mind: to hone his investigative skills to return to Greece and uncover the truth about his mother. His news career led him from the Associated Press to The Boston Herald Traveler, The Wall Street Journal, and ultimately, The New York Times, then back to Greece to investigate his mother’s death.
His book Eleni (1983) became a bestseller and was adapted into a film starring John Malkovich (1987). His second book, A Place for Us (1989) chronicled the transition to life in America with a father he barely knew. Gage is the author of eight books. He also served as an Executive Producer of The Godfather Part III (1990) and co-wrote an early draft of the script with Mario Puzo.
Greek Fire is a comprehensive volume on the love affair of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis. It is considered the most historically accurate and brought to light new information never released to the public. Callas and Onassis scandalized and fascinated the world from the moment they met in 1959. In the decades since, dozens of books have been written about the incandescent diva who transformed opera and the Promethean tycoon who revolutionized international shipping, but none has focused on the tempestuous relationship between them, which is widely thought to have collapsed following Onassis’ celebrated marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy in 1968.
‘Callas at 100’ will take place on Zoom, on December 2, 10 AM CT. Register online: http://bit.ly/HAWCGreekFire.
The Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) is a nonprofit nonpartisan, nationwide network whose mission is to identify and harness the tremendous talents of Hellenic American Women. HAWC sponsors regional conferences, lectures, debates, and seminars by prominent scholars, government officials, and experts on various issues of interest to its membership.
Karamitsos is the founder and former publisher/editor of WindyCity Greek magazine. Her work has been published in various Greek media and other publications since 2002. She has contributed to two books and recently completed her first novel.
For more information about HAWC, visit https://www.hawcnet.org/ and about Maria A. Karamitsos, visit www.mariakaramitsos.com.