Farahnaz Pahlavi

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Princess Farahnaz
Princess of Iran
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Princess Farahnaz in 1980
Born (1963-03-12) 12 March 1963 (age 56)
Tehran, Iran
Full name
English: Farahnaz
Persian: فرحناز
FatherMohammad Reza Pahlavi
MotherFarah Diba

Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi (Persian: فرحناز پهلوی‎; born 12 March 1963) is the eldest daughter of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi by his third wife, Farah Diba.

She was born Princess Yasmin Farahnaz Pahlavi,[1] as per official dynastic usage, with the style Her Imperial Highness. She lives a very anonymous and discreet life in New York City.


She studied at the Niavaran Special School in Tehran, the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut, United States, and the Cairo American College in Cairo, Egypt. From 1981 to 1982, she attended Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. She received a Bachelor of Arts in social work from Columbia University in 1986 and a Master's degree in child psychology from the same university in 1990.

According to a 2004 article in Los Angeles Times, she reportedly attempted to find employment at international aid agencies such as UNICEF, but, according to her mother, was rejected because of her name.



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