Eleni Menegaki

Eleni Menegaki (Greek: Ελένη Μενεγάκη), born on October 29, 1969, is a Greek talk show presenter. In 2010, Forbes ranked Menegaki as the second-most powerful and influential celebrity in Greece and top-ranked female.[1]

Eleni Menegaki
Born (1969-10-29) October 29, 1969 (age 52)
OccupationTV Hostess
Years active1991-today
Spouse(s)Stavros Garderis (1989-1990)
Giannis Latsios (2001-2010)
Mateo Pantzopoulos (2015-)
ChildrenAggelos Latsios
Laura Latsiou
Valeria Latsiou
Marina Pantzopoulou

CareerEdit

TelevisionEdit

MEGA Channel (1991–1994)Edit

Eleni Menegaki started her career as a model. In 1991, she participated in the MEGA Channel morning show "Proino Cocktail." A year later, she and Giorgos Polichroniou hosted the highly successful game show "MEGA Banca."

ANT1 (1995–2005)Edit

In 1994, she started in the successful ANT1 comedy TV show "Pater Imon" portraying a radio producer. The next year, she began hosting the ANT1 morning show Proinos Kafes . She continued hosting the show for 10 years with great success and soon the media named her "Queen of the morning zone."

ALPHA TV (2005–2020)Edit

In 2005, she left ANT1 and signed to Alpha TV . She became the hostess of the morning show "Kafes me tin Eleni." Despite low ratings in the first season, it soon became a great success, especially in the commercial target group 15–44 years of age. In its last season (2010-2011), "Kafes me tin Eleni" suffered the lowest ratings ever.

In 2011, Menegaki's show changed its time starting at 13:00 and aired under the new title "Eleni." TV ratings have fluctuated. In May 2020, she announced that this will be her last season doing the show as she decided to take a break.[2]

MEGA Channel (2021–)Edit

In April 2021, Mega Channel announced that Menegaki would be on their channel presenting a new show.[3]

Advertising - Campaigns - CollaborationsEdit

She made her first commercial in 1990 for the coffee company Melita. The same year, she also played in a commercial for the "Ultrex" shampoo company. In 1992, she starred in two companies' commercials. "Knorr" for Risonatto and the company "To Lampero" for the promotion of soybean oil. In 1993, she appeared in an advertisement for the "Famozo" window cleaner, while in 1998, she promoted the Prinos slimming center. In 2003-2004 she became the main face of the shampoo company "Lux".

In the 2010–2011 season she was the main person of the skin care company "Olay" for the promotion of the new face cream while in the 2014–2015 season she participated in the campaign of the "Alma Zois" organization for the prevention of breast cancer. From 2015 until 2019, she collaborated with the hair care company "L'Oréal Paris Greece" and is the main person for hair dyes. Also, since 2018 she has been collaborating with the company "Fage" for the yogurt "Ageladitsa".

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role(s) Notes
1991-1992 Cocktail Herself (co-host) Daily talk show (season 3)
1992 Ah Eleni minister's secretary 1 episode
Ta Bakouria Kris Katarahias Episodes: "To proxenio sto klouvi me tis treles" & Diazygio ala Katarahia"
1992-1994 Mega Banca Herself (co-host) Daily game show on Mega Channel
1993 Apistefta ki omos Ellinika woman in present 2 episodes
1994-1996 Pater Imon Eleni Alexaki Lead role; 54 episodes
1995-2005 Proinos Kafes Herself (host) Daily talk show on ANT1
1996-2005 National Beauty Pageant Herself (host) TV special
1997 Karabola Herself 1 episode
1998 Ntanta gia oles tis douleies Herself 1 episode
1999 Music Awards Pop Corn Herself (host) TV special
2000 efhes Herself (host) TV special
2005-2011 Kafes me tin Eleni Herself (host) Daily talk show on Alpha TV; also executive producer
2006-2007 Vraveia Prosopa tis Hronias Herself (host) TV special
2011-2020 Eleni Herself (host) Daily talk show on Alpha TV; also executive producer
2014 Apo Allo Anekdoto Herself (voice) 1 episode
2017 Min Arhizeis ti Mourmoura Herself 1 episode
2021-present Eleni Herself (host) Daily talk show on Mega Channel; also executive producer

Personal lifeEdit

Menegaki has been married three times and has four children from her second and third marriages.

At the age of 20, Menegaki married the entrepreneur Stavros Garderis, but they separated a year later.

In 2001, she married the ANT1's program manager Giannis Latsios. On November 15, 2002, she gave birth to their first child, a son, Aggelos-Ioannis. On February 9, 2005, she gave birth to their daughter, Laura, and three years later, on January 28, 2008, their third child was born, a daughter, Valeria. In January 2010, Menegaki announced her divorce from Latsios.

She has since been in a relationship with the entrepreneur Mateo Pantzopoulos. On March 29, 2015, she gave birth to their daughter, Marina and the couple were married the same year.

Public image and impactEdit

With the success of her shows, Menegaki became the most successful celebrity in Greece. She is followed by paparazzi and makes headlines everywhere. Her divorce from Giannis Latsios became a controversial and highly discussed topic.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Greek List". Forbes (in Greek). 4 December 2010. p. 37.
  2. ^ ""Βόμβα" από την Ελένη Μενεγάκη: Ανακοίνωσε συγκινημένη την αποχώρησή της από τον Alpha και την TV". Iefimerida. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  3. ^ "To MEGA καλωσορίζει την Ελένη Μενεγάκη". MEGA. Retrieved 8 April 2021.