It’s Nia Vardalos’ 59th Birthday: The Star from ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’

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Antonia Eugenia "Nia" Vardalos (Greek: Αντωνία Ευγενία "Νία" Βαρντάλου; born September 24, 1962) is a Greek Canadian actress, director, producer and screenwriter.

She is best known for starring in and writing the romantic comedy film My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), which garnered her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

Only last month Nia Vardalos has paid loving tribute to co-star Michael Constantine following the news of his death, aged 94.

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MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Michael Constantine, 2002, (c) IFC Films/courtesy Everett Collection

The late actor took on the role of Gus Portokalos, father to Vardalos's character Toula Portokalos, who was famous for his obsession over Windex and belief that it is a cure-all.

Constantine's family confirmed that he passed away on August 31 in his home in Reading, Pennsylvania, and had been ill for some time.

Back in April Nia Vardalos took to social media this week to clear up a rumor that "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3" was currently in production. The new film would be the third installment in the trilogy that originated with the 2002 romantic comedy centered around a Greek-American woman’s relationship with a non-Greek man and the hilarious antics featuring her eccentric family.

"Yes, it is true that for over a year we have been trying to film a script that I wrote called 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3,'" Vardalos, 58, said on her Instagram on Wednesday.

"But what is also true is that we are not filming. Because even though we are distributed by Universal Studios as usual and of course, the entire cast is invited back and we are trying to employ hundreds of people, the fact is that we are an independent film. And apparently, independent films cannot get insurance."

From all your fans around the world happy birthday Nia.