Taheyya Kariokka

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Tahiya Karioka (Arabic: تحية كاريوكا‎) also Tahiya Mohamed (born as: Badaweya Mohamed Kareem Al Nirani), (February 22, 1919 – September 20, 1999) was an Egyptian belly dancer and film actress.

Born in the Egyptian town of Ismaïlia to Mohamed Kareem, Tahiya was discouraged from performing as a dancer by her family. Due to family differences that could not be settled with her father and brothers, she moved to Cairo to stay with an old neighbour, Suad Mahasen, a night club owner and an artist. Tahiya had asked several times for employment in Suad's nightclub but Suad refused to employ her due to the disreputability of working at a night club. However, many of Suad's associates and friends became acquainted with Tahiya through various visits to Suad's home. They all advised Suad to add her to one of the shows as a chorus girl but still she refused. Soon, Tahiya was mentioned to Badia Masabni, the owner of Casino Opera, one of the most prominent nightclubs of the time. Badia offered a position in her troupe to Tahiya. Tahiya accepted and was given the stage name Tahiya Mohamed. She soon began gaining popularity as a solo dancer and as she became more experienced she learned a popular Samba dance from Brasil at the time called the Karioka. After that she became known as Tahiya Karioca. Tahiya began starring in movies during what is dubbed as the Egyptian film industries "Golden Age". She was a talented dancer, singer, and actress.

Tahiya was married 14 times; among her husbands were actor Rushdy Abaza and playwright Fayez Halawa. Tahiya was unable to conceive any children of her own and hence adopted a daughter (Atiyat Allah). Tahiya also was very involved with her sibling's children. Tahiya later moved to London.

Tahyia died on September 20, 1999 of a heart attack.


  • Mercedes (Film, 1993)
  • Iskanderiya, kaman wi kaman... aka Alexandria Again and Forever (Film, 1990)
  • Weda'an Bonapart... aka Goodbye Bonapart (Film, 1985)
  • Saqqa mat, al-... aka The Water-Carrier Is Dead (Film, 1977)
  • Tareek, al-... aka The Road (Film, 1964)
  • Hira wa chebab... aka * Ana zanbi eh?... aka Is It My Fault? (Film, 1953)
  • Ibn al ajar... aka A Child for Rent (Film, 1953)
  • Muntasir, El... aka The Conqueror (Film, 1952)
  • Omm el katila, El... aka The Criminal Mother (Film, 1952)
  • Zuhur el fatina, El... aka The Charming Flowers (Film, 1952)
  • "Feiruz hanem... aka Mrs. Feiruz (Film, 1951)
  • Ibn el halal... aka The True-born Son (Film, 1951)
  • Khadaini abi... aka My Father Deceived Me (Film, 1951)
  • Akbal el bakari... aka A Large Family (Film, 1950)
  • Ayni bi-triff... aka My Eye Is Winking (Film, 1950)
  • Aheb el raks... aka I Like Dancing (Film, 1949)
  • Amirat el djezira... aka The Princess of the Island (Film, 1949)
  • Katel, El... aka The Murderer (Film, 1949)
  • Mandeel al helu... aka The Beauty's Veil (Film, 1949)
  • Hub wa junun... aka Love and Madness (Film, 1948)
  • Ibn el fellah... aka The Peasant's Son (Film, 1948)
  • Yahia el fann... aka Long Live Art (Film, 1948)
  • Li'bat al sitt... aka The Lady's Puppet (Film, 1946)
  • Ma akdarshi... aka I Can't Do It (Film, 1946)
  • Najaf (Film, 1946)
  • Sabr tayeb, El... aka Have Patience (Film, 1946)
  • Aheb el baladi... aka I Like Home Cooking (Film, 1945)
  • Hub El awal, El... aka First Love (Film, 1945)
  • Lailat el jumaa... aka Friday Evening (Film, 1945)
  • Naduga (Film, 1944)
  • Rabiha-takiet el ekhfaa... aka The Magic Hat (Film, 1944)
  • Taqiyyat al ikhfa (Film, 1944)
  • Ahlam El chabab... aka Dreams of Youth (Film, 1943)
  • Ahib Al ghalat... aka I Like Mistakes (Film, 1942)

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