Athina Onassis: “A Heartless Doll Made of Steel”



In his biography of Athina Onassis, granddaughter and heiress of the late tycoon Aristole Onassis, Alexis Mantheakis portrays her as tough, cold and uncaring to her family. In the book, Athina Onassis: In the Eye of the Storm, the Greek lawyer writes of how she shunned her aunt who was destitute.

Mantheakis describes her as “a doll made of steel” in regard to her attitude toward her aunt Olga Onassis. According to Mantheakis, Olga asked Athina to help her several times because she was poor, but she said Athina denied to do so.

The Greek newspaper Real News quoted this passage to illustrate the point: “When her aunt, Olga Onassis, who faced serious financial problems asked her financial support, she refused to help her. Athina did not call her aunt back, and never replied to a letter sent by Olga Onassis to her niece. Olga was calling me every ten days or so, and was telling me she was totally broke and that she could not work because she was quite old.”

Mantheakis continued that, “Athina and her close people in Switzerland ignored Olga. Few months later, Olga Onassis ended up eating her meals at the soup kitchen of the St. Nikolaos church. At the same time, on October 22nd 2003, according to the Brazilian press, Athina bought an expensive present costing about $230,000 for her then boyfriend, now husband, Alvaro Alfonso de Miranda Neto, also known as Doda.”