Türkan Şoray

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Türkan Şoray
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Born Türkan Şoray
(1945-06-28) June 28, 1945 (age 69)
Eyüp, Istanbul, Turkey
Occupation Film actress
Years active 1960 - 2009
Awards Golden Orange for Best Actress (1964, 1968, 1987, 1994)
Golden Boll for Best Actress (1972)
Golden Orange for Life Achievement (1996)

Türkan Şoray (born 28 June 1945) is a Turkish film actress.

Biography[edit]

Türkan Şoray was born to a government official father, Halit Şoray (who is of Circassian descent)[1] and her mother, Meliha Şoray, a housewife. She has one younger sister Nazan, who is also an actress in her own right but is not as famous as Türkan. After the birth of her younger sister, Türkan's parents divorced and her mother was granted custody of the children. Türkan Şoray graduated from Fatih Kız Lisesi (Fatih Girls' High School). Whilst living in a rented apartment in the Karagümrük neighborhood of the Fatih district in Istanbul with her mother and sister, she would not know that their landlords would be her link to stardom. The landlords were the parents of one of the first actresses of Turkish cinema, Emel Yıldız and it is with her that Türkan first set foot on a film set. After this, Türkan was ever closer to a contract with one of Turkey's top film studios in Yeşilçam.

Career[edit]

Debut[edit]

She made her film debut in 1960 at just 15 years old with the film Aşk Rüzgarı (The Wind of Love). After the movie's success Türkan started to be advised by a Yeşilçam screenwriter, film director and producer Türker İnanoğlu. It is he, who would in the same year, sack Türkan's close friend Emel Yıldız in order to give his new prodigy the leading role in the studio's upcoming movie Köyde Bir Kız Sevdim (Falling in Love with a Girl in the Village).

Early career[edit]

For the next five years, Şoray appeared in over sixty films. After her 1965 triumph, she was named as one of Turkey's four leading actresses. But this was also the year when her career was in turmoil. Her starring in stereotyped roles, in films with the same plot and story lines, drove people away from her and harmed her fame. This led to several arguments with some film producers and as a result she was dismissed by most of them. Türkan Şoray knew, in order to survive, she would have to take control quickly and she did. She introduced what became known as the "Şoray Rules". She would only work if the studio and the directors obeyed these rules. Some of these rules are known to be:

  • She has to be given the script no later than a month before shooting is to start, and if she disapproves of anything in it, changes have to be made or she does not accept the role.
  • Films in which she has performed could be filmed only in Istanbul, as she does not and cannot leave the city.
  • She does not work on Sundays.
  • Due to her character, she never kisses someone.
  • Her character having intercourse should never be implied.

The "Şoray Rules" were seen by some to be the demands of a Hollywood diva, but it paid off as she was given the respect she wanted and the movie roles came flying in as well.

For the remainder of the 1960s she starred in a further 48 films, making her one of Turkey's most successful female artists in Turkish film history having acted in over 100 movies in the span of ten years. She gained the soubriquet of "The Sultan" as she was the most demanded actress of the Turkish Cinematography in her golden times. But this would be short lived because the market changed during the 1970s and 1980s. People were no longer into the traditional "boy meets girl, girl is poor, boy is rich" scenarios.

Later career[edit]

She went on working with respectable directors in later years. One of them was Atıf Yılmaz, with whom she would work in both dramas and comedies. In the 1970s she also acted in films with a more realistic theme. She also directed four films in those years. Her most applauded films in the 1970s included Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım, Hazal, Sultan, Dönüş and Baraj. In those films she was mostly accompanied by the famous Turkish actor Kadir İnanır.

Awards[edit]

She won her first of many awards when she received the best actress prize at the 'Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival' for the film Acı Hayat (Bitter Life).

At the end of the 1960s, she was named one of the four greatest actresses of the Turkish cinema. She was highly applauded for her choices in film and her ability to act in a wide variety of roles. She starred in Vesikalı Yarim (My Licenced Love) for which she was awarded the Best Actress Award for the second time in the Antalya Film Festival.

In the 1980s she began portraying women with problems of female identity; Mine, Rumuz Goncagül (Nickname: Goncagül), On Kadın (Ten Women) etc. She won her third Best Actress Award from the Antalya Film Festival in 1987 with the film Hayallerim, Aşkım ve Sen(My Dreams, My Love and You), in which she portrays three different women, each of whom is a facet of Türkan Şoray herself.

Some of her awards are:

  • Antalya Film Festival Best Actress Award
    • 1964-Acı Hayat
    • 1968-Vesikalı Yarim
    • 1987-Hayallerim, Aşkım ve Sen
    • 1994-Bir Aşk Uğruna
  • Moscow Film Festival Grand Jury Prize
    • 1973-Dönüş (her directorial debut)
  • Tashkent Film Festival Best Actress Award
    • 1978-Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım
  • Bastia Film Festival Best Actress Award
    • 1992-Soğuktu ve Yağmur Çiseliyordu
  • 1996 Istanbul Film Festival, Honorary Cinema Award[2]
  • 1999 Rome Film Festival, Honorary Award

Filmography[edit]

As an actress[edit]

Year Film Role Nots
1960 Aşk Rüzgarı Nil
Güzeller Resmi Geçidi Ayşe
Köyde Bir Kız Sevdim
1961 Otobüs Yolcuları Nevin
Melekler Şahidimdir
Siyah Melek (Zincirler Kırılırken) Nesrin
Hatırla Sevgilim
Utanmaz Adam Sevim
Sevimli Haydut Emine
Kaderin Önüne Geçilmez
Gönülden Gönüle Nazan
Dikenli Gül
Aşk Ve Yumruk
Afacan
Kardeş Uğruna
1962 Biz de Arkadaş mıyız?
Acı Hayat Nermin
Lekeli Kadın Türkan
Billur Köşk
Bir Haydut Sevdim
Bardaktaki Adam
Aşk Yarışı Zeynep
Zorlu Damatl Gönül
Allah Seviniz Dedi
Kırmızı Karanfiller
Dikmen Yıldızı
Ümitler Kırılınca Oya
Ne Şeker Şey Canan, Jale
1963 Adanalı Tayfur
Köroğlu (Dağlar Kralı) Türkan Sultan
Beni Osman Öldürdü Türkan
Acı Aşk
Çapkın Kız Suna
Küçük Beyin Kısmeti Pervin
Sayın Bayan Türkan Bayraktar
İki Kocalı Kadın Sibel
Çalınan Aşk Aysel, Günsel
Bütün Suçumuz Sevmek
Badem Şekeri Güner Pirinçeken
Genç Kızlar Behlül, Eylül Servan
Ayşecik Canımın İçi Elif
1964 Adanalı Tayfur Kardeşler Türkan
Dağların Aslanı
Mualla
Fıstık Gibi Maşallah Gülten
Kızgın Delikanlı Avukat Sevil
Anasının Kuzusu Türkan
Macera Kadını
Kader Kapıyı Çaldı Leyla
Gözleri Ömre Bedel Leyla
Gençlik Rüzgarı Fatma Nur Erden
Bücür
Yılların Ardından
Bomba Gibi Kız Leyla
Öksüz Kız
1965 Ekmekçi Kadın Ayşe, Zehra, Leyla
Elveda Sevgilim Türkan Kadiroğlu
Seven Kadın Unutmaz Türkan
Komşunun Tavuğu Türkan
Sürtük Naciye
Siyah Gözler Türkan
Hayatımın Kadını
Garip Bir İzdivaç Zeynep Gökalp
Veda Busesi Türkan
Vahşi Gelin Ayşegül
1966 Altın Küpeler Aylin
Sana Layık Değilim Türkan
Akşam Güneşi Jülide
Çalıkuşu Feride
Kenarın Dilberi Şarkıcı
Meleklerin İntikamı Türkan, Peri
Anaların Günahı
Düğün Gecesi Zeynep
Siyah Gül Gül
Meyhanenin Gülü
Karanfilli Kadın
Günahkar Kadın Türkan
Ferhat ile Şirin
Eli Maşalı
El Kızı
Çamaşırcı Güzeli
1967 Bir Dağ Masalı Lale
Bir Soförun Gizli Defteri
Ayrılsak da Beraberiz Fatma
Ağlayan Kadın Şükran, Leyla
Ana Döndü
Sinekli Bakkal Rabia
Ölümsüz Kadın
Kelepçeli Melek Nevin Erdem
Kara Duvaklı Gelin Perihan
Her Zaman Kalbimdesin
Tapılacak Kadın
1968 Kahveci Güzeli Nermin
Vesikalı Yarim Sabiha
Abbase Sultan Abbase
Ayşem Ayşe
Hapishane Gelini Çengi Naciye
Kadın Severse Leyla
Dünyanın En Güzel Kadını
Aşk Eski Bir Yalan
Artık Sevmeyeceğim Nesrin, Leyla
Ağla Gözlerim Leyla, Hicran
Kadın İntikamı
Kadın Değil, Baş Belası Çengi Naciye
1969 Fosforlu Cevriyem Fosforlu Cevriye Necla
Bana Derler Fosforlu
Aşk Mabudesi
Buruk Acı
Kölen Olayım Azize
Sonbahar Rüzgarları
Sana Dönmeyeceğim Leyla Taner
Seninle Ölmek İstiyorum
Ateşli Çingene
Günah Bende mi?
1970 Bülbül Yuvası
Buğulu Gözler
Arım, Balım, Peteğim
Kara Gözlüm l Azize
Hayatım Sana Feda
Ağlayan Melek Sabahat
Tatlı Meleğim
Mazi Kalbimde Yaradır
Birleşen Yollar
Merhamet
Herkesin Sevgilisi
Mağrur Kadın
1971 Sevmek Ve Ölmek Zamanı
Gelin Çiçeği
Ateş Parçası
Melek Mi Şeytan Mı? / Asrın Kadını
Mavi Eşarp
Unutulan Kadın
Yedi Kocalı Hürmüz
Güllü
Bir Kadın Kayboldu
Gülüm, Dalım, Çiçeğim
Bir Genç Kızın Romanı
1972 Cemo
Zulüm
Dönüş
Sisli Hatıralar
Vukuat Var
Çile
1973 Mahpus Ümmühan
Güllü Geliyor Güllü Güllü Fındıkoğlu
Azap
Sultan Gelin
Asiye Nasıl Kurtulur?
Yalancı / Çok Yalnızım
Namus Borcu
Gazi Kadın / Nene Hatun Zeynep
Dert Bende
1974 Şenlik Var / Bal Kız
Yüreğimde Yare Var
Çılgınlar
Açlık
1975 Acele Koca Aranıyor
1976 Deprem
Bodrum Hakimi
Devlerin Aşkı
1977 Selvi Boylum, Al Yazmalım Asya
Baraj
Dila Hanım
1978 Sultan
Bir Aşk Masalı
Cevriyem
Ferhat ile Şirin
Tatlı Nigar
1979 Aşk ve Nefret
Hazal
Küskün Çiçek
1980 Gurbetçiler
Tabancamın Sapını Gülle Donatacağım
1981 Yılanı Öldürseler
1982 Mine
Seni Kalbime Gömdüm
1983 Metres
Seni Seviyorum
1984 Bir Sevgi İstiyorum
1985 Körebe
Bir Kadın Bir Hayat
1987 Hayallerim, Aşkım Ve Sen Derya Altınay
Gramofon Avrat Cemile
On Kadın
Rumuz Goncagül Gülsün
1988 Ada
1989 Ölü Bir Deniz
1990 Berdel
Soğuktu Ve Yağmur Çiseliyordu
1991 Menekşe Koyu
1993 Şahmaran
Tatlı Betüş
1994 Bir Aşk Uğruna
1995 Yer Çekimli Aşklar
1996 Gözlerinde Son Gece
1997 Nihavend Mucize
1998 İkinci Bahar (TV series) Hanım Şener Şen & Türkan Şoray
2001 Tatlı Hayat
2002 Gönderilmemiş Mektuplar
2004 Mürüvvetsiz Mürüvvet
2006 Cemile
Ayın Yıldızı Karagümrüklü Karakız
Aşk Beklemez
Hayatımın Kadınısın
2007 Suna
2008 Vurgun
2009 Altın Kızlar
2012 Bir Zamanlar Osmanli: Kiyam

As a director[edit]

  • Yılanı Öldürseler - 1981 (with Şerif Gören)
  • Bodrum Hakimi - 1976
  • Azap - 1973
  • Dönüş - 1972

Songs[edit]

* Buruk Acı
  • Genre: Segah
  • Lyrics: Türkan Şoray
  • Composer: Teoman Alpay

This song is frequently attributed to Şoray, although the lyrics were actually written by Sennur Sezer but publicised otherwise.[3]

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