Was born and raised in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
Parents Chrysa and Vassilios Petropoulos both Greek immigrants From Asia Minor
She left Greece and moved to Hollywood California on February 19th, 1964.
Greek American Cultural Institute
Antioch University receiving a BS Psychology and Counseling
Controlled Study of Psychic phenomenon UCLA Los Angeles
She was discovered by Gail Eaton, of California in 1972. Shortly after, journalist Hal Jacques interviewed her for weekly magazines, Globe, Star, and Inquirer.
She started practicing professionally in March 1974.
She studied meditation with Tarot psychic Joan Culpepper of Hollywood, and metaphysics with Jenita Cargyle of Palos Verdes California.
One of the highlights of her life to this day was meeting the founder of Divine Science, Joseph Murphy.
Her in depth spiritual awareness stems from his books (The Power of your Subconscious Mind) and his weekly lectures on positive thinking at the Wilshire Ebel Theater.
In 1975 she started teaching Psychic Development and Meditation Workshops.
In 1979 she started recording with musician George Brown of Kool and the Gang. In 1980 she took part in a controlled psychic study (Locus of Control) at UCLA with Jan Berlin, supervised by Thelma Moss. The results were astounding and invited her to be the only psychic referral at UCLA.
As a mainstream psychic she has made many television appearances in most networks and has had her own TV show in Greece. She consults with clients on both coasts, and in many other parts of the world.
She has a rewarding relationship with the entertainment industry on and off screen as a psychic consultant (Paramount's The Butcher's Wife). She has also been credited as psychic to the stars (The 100 Top Psychics in America: Paulette Copper, Paul Noble). Maria has created a series of meditations with Vanessa Williams, produced by George Brown.
She has worked with many celebrities, producers and actors, Maria is known by many as "Psychic to the Stars".
She has done consulting on film and television projects, Maria has acted as psychic consultant to two of actress Demi Moore's films, The Butcher's Wife and Ghost. For The Butcher's Wife, she was the first person to receive an on-screen credit for an off-screen role as "psychic consultant". In addition to Moore, the film's producer and director were both clients of Maria at the time.
Maria has been a guest of many national television programs. Including, Late Night with David Letterman, Donnie & Marie, The Maury Povich Show, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition and E! Entertainment Television as well as Fox News. She has also appeared in periodicals such as Vogue, Redbook, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour and Ellopia Press Magazine USA.
In January 2011, she partnered with Lifetime Television and their Year Of You promotion, where readers of The Cosmic Lowdown blog on Lifetime's website could enter for a chance to win a private Consultation with Maria.
Publicly known celebrity clients included: Goldie Hawn, Mary Steenburgen, Kelly Rutherford, Dennis Haysbert, Marcia Cross, and Vanessa Williams, who has even hosted one of Miss Papapetros "Psychic Empowerment Workshops" at her home. Maria Papapetros has been listed in New York magazine's "Best of New York".
In 1978, she spoke to law-enforcement officials about the Jim Jones mass-suicide case in Guyana. she also worked with many of the defectors and survivors at the Human Freedom Foundation, which was set up to help former members of the cult deprogram themselves.
From 1978-1979 she was brought in as a psychic consultant on the Hillside Strangler murders in Los Angeles.
In 1992, she consulted with the Harris County Sheriff's office in Texas regarding Rex Warren Mays, who was later convicted of killing two girls and was subsequently executed in 2002.