Soad Hosny

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Soad Hosny
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Soad Hosny (1972)
Native name سعاد حسني
Born Souad Muhammad Kamal Hosny
(1943-01-26)January 26, 1943
Ataba, Cairo, Egypt
Died June 21, 2001(2001-06-21) (aged 58)
London, England, United Kingdom

Soad Mohamed Hosny (Egyptian Arabic:سعاد حسني January 26, 1943 – June 21, 2001) was an Egyptian actress and singer born in the Bulaq district of Cairo.[1] Hosny was known as the "Cinderella of Egyptian cinema" and one of the most influential actresses in the Middle East.[2] She is the sister of the Egyptian legendary singer and actress Nagat El Saghera. She ascended to stardom in the end of the 1950s, performing in more than 83 films between 1959 and 1991. A majority of her films were shot in the 1960s and 1970s. Her final screen appearance was in the 1991 film The Shepherd and the Women, directed by her ex-husband Ali Badrakhan.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Souad Muhammad Kamal Hosny Al Baba was born on January 26, 1943 in Ataba, Cairo, Egypt. She was the tenth sibling of 17 brothers and sisters.[3] Her father, Muhammed Kamal Al Baba, is an Egyptian of Kurdish descent who immigrated to Egypt and married an Egyptian woman who gave birth to Souad.

Hosni started her films she acted alongside actors Hussein Fahmy, Rushdi Abaza, Nadia Lutfi and belly dancer Taheyya Kariokka. Hosny was also infamous for her love affairs and many marriages which always ended in failure and divorce. Her final screen appearance was in 1991, with the movie Al Ra'i We El Nissa.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Soad Hosny was married four times.[4] Around 1968, she was married to cinematographer Salah Kurayyem; the marriage lasted for approximately one year. In 1970, Soad Hosny was married to the Egyptian film director Ali Badrakhan; this marriage lasted for approximately eleven years. She was then married to Zaki Fateen Abdel-Wahab in 1981, the son of Fateen Abdel Wahab (Egyptian film director) and popular Egyptian actress Leila Mourad; this marriage lasted only five months. .[1]

Death[edit]

Hosny died in London, England in 2001,[4] after having fallen off of the balcony of her apartment; her body was found on the pavement below the building. Courts in England could not initially decide whether Hosny had committed suicide or had been killed by her care-taker, but in 2002, they ruled that the cause of Hosny's death had been a suicide, although substantial evidence suggested she had been murdered. Prosecutors argued that a woman on the verge of suicide would not have been in the right state of mind to cut through steel netting. Also, while one slipper was still on her foot, the other was found in her bathroom suggesting she has been dragged to the balcony. It has been noted that Hosny has recorded her diaries on tape in preparation for the publication of her biography. This is cited as a motive for murder as the tapes went missing after her death and also because they were said to contain material that would have hurt important public figures in Egypt like Zakaria Azmi and Hosni Mubarak.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Old novelty film poster of Soad Hosni from the film Amira... Hobi Ana
Year Title Role Notes
1959 Hassan wa Na'ima Na'ima
1960 El Banat W El Seif Sameiha
1960 Salast Regaal W Emra'a Thorya
1960 Esha'et Hob Sameiha
1960 Mal W Nsaa' Nei'mat
1960 Gharamyat Emra'a Amina
1961 A'az El-Habayeb Kawthar
1961 El-Sabaa' Banaat Salwa
1961 El-Saferia Aziza Aziza
1961 Mafish Tafahom Leila
1961 Lemaza A'aish Nabila
1961 Haa' 3 Soad
1961 El-Do' el-Khaft Nawwal
1961 El-Ashkyaa' el-Talata Mervat
1962 Mafish Tafahom Leila
1962 Maww'ed Fil-borg Ammaal
1962 Mn Gheir Me'aad Salwa
1962 Ghosn el-Zaytoon Atyaat
1962 Seraa' Maa' el-Malaa'eka Nagwa
1963 Ser el-Hareba Horyah
1963 El-Saheira el-Saghera Hanya
1963 El-garema el-Dahka Leila
1963 Aylet Zizi Sanaa'
1963 El-Arees Yasel Ghadan Samira
1963 Shaa'awet Banaat Ammaal
1964 Le'bet el-Hob w el-Gawaz Amira
1964 Hekayt Gawaz Adeila
1964 Awwel Hob Donia
1964 El-Morahkan Nahed
1964 Lel-regal Faqat Salwa
1964 El-Ozab el-Talata Elham
1964 ElTaree' Elham
1965 El-Moghamroon el-Talta Mona
1965 El-Talta Yhbonha Eiman
1966 Ganab el-Safeer Hoda
1966 Mabka el-Oshak Sekina
1966 Leilet el-Zefaf Salwa
1966 Al-Kahira thalatheen Ehsan
1966 Fares Bani Hemdan Naglaa'
1966 Saghera A'la el-Hob Karima/Sameiha
1966 Shaa'awet Regala Fareda
1967 El-Lekaa' el-Thani Hoda
1967 Shabab Magnon Gdn Madeha/ Esmat
1967 Sha't el-Talaba Mona
1967 El Zoga Al Thanya Fatma
1968 El-Set el-Nazra Hoda
1968 Helwa we Sha'ia Aziza/Nosa
1968 El-Tlmeza we el-Ostaz Salwa
1968 Baba Ayez Keda Nadya
1968 El-Zawag a'la el Tareeqa el-Hadeesa Noha
1968 Hekayt 3 Banat Shahira
1968 Hawaa' we el-Kerd Nadya
1968 Nar el-Hob Nadya
1969 Be'r el-Herman Nahed/Mervat
1969 Nadya Nadya/Mona
1969 Fatat el-esta'rad Fayza
1969 Shei' mn el-Azab Salwa/Ammal
1970 El-Hob el-Daa'ea' Leila
1970 Ghroob we Shrooa' Madiha
1971 El-Ekhtyaar Sherifa
1971 Zawgati wal-kalb Soad
1972 El-Khoof Soad
1972 Khali balak mn Zozo Zozo/Zeinab
1972 El-Nas we el-Neil Nadya
1973 El-Hob elazi kan Maha
1973 Ghrobaa' Nadya
1974 Ayna Akli Ayda
1974 Amiraa.. Hobi Ana Amira
1975 El-Karnak Zeinab
1975 Ala min notliq al-rasas Tahani
1978 Chafika et Metwal Chafika
1979 El-Motwhesha Bahya
1981 People on the Top Seham
1981 Al-Mashbouh Fatma/Bata
1981 Maowid ala ashaa Nawwaal
1981 Al Qadisiyya Shereen
1982 Ghareeb fi Baity Afaf
1983 Hob fel-Znzana Fayza
1984 Afghanistan Lemaza Afghani woman
1986 Al-Go'a Zebida
1986 Asfour el-Shark Reem
1988 Al-Darga Al-Thalitha Nea'na'aa
1991 Al-Ra'i wal Nisaa Wafaa'

Series[edit]

  • (1985) Hekayat Hwa we Heya

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ashraf Gharib,2001: "Soad Hosni: Al-Hulm Al-Dai' (Soad Hosni: The Lost Dream)"[5]
  • Mohamed Soweid,2004: " Cabaret Suad", Beirut: Dar al-Adab[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Soad Hosny's Family's Official Website
  2. ^ "Egyptian Cinderella". 
  3. ^ a b c "Egyptian screen star dies". BBC News. June 22, 2001. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Egyptians mourn screen Cinderella". BBC News. June 28, 2001. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Return of Soad". Al-Ahram Weekly. November 11–17, 2001. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "The cornflake predicament". Al-Ahram Weekly. June 16–22, 2005. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 

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