Hind Rostom

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Hind Rostom
Hind Rostom
Hind Rostom
Born Nariman Hussein Murad
(1929-11-12)November 12, 1929
Alexandria, Egypt
Died August 8, 2011(2011-08-08) (aged 81)
Cairo, Egypt
Other names Marilyn Monroe of Egypt
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Hassan Reda
Dr. Mohammad Fayad
Children Basant Reda

Nariman Hussein Murad, more commonly known by her stage name Hind Rostom, (Arabic: هند رستم‎  pronounced [ˈhende ˈɾostom]; November 12, 1929 – August 8, 2011) was an Egyptian actress and one of the greatest icons in the golden era of Egyptian cinema.[1][2] Her physical appearance earned her the name "Marilyn Monroe of Arabia".[3][4] Hind Rostom starred in more than 80 movies throughout her career.

Early life and career[edit]

Rostom was born in the neighborhood of Moharram Bey, Alexandria, Egypt on November 12, 1929.[5] She was born to a Turkish father and an Egyptian mother.[6][7][8] She started her career at the age of 16 with the film Azhaar wa Ashwak (Flowers and Thorns). Her first true success was in 1955 when the famous director Hassan Al Imam offered her a role in Banat el Lail (Women of the Night). Her famous films include Ibn Hamidu in 1957, Youssef Chahine's Bab El Hadid (Railway Station) with Farid Shawki in 1958, Salah Abu Seif's La Anam (Sleepless) with Faten Hamama, Omar Sharif, and Rushdy Abaza in 1958, Sira' fi al-Nil (Struggle in the Nile) with Omar Sharif and Rushdy Abaza in 1959, and Chafika el Koptia (Chafika the Coptic Girl) in 1963. Rostom was known as the queen of seduction in Egyptian cinema, and the "Marilyn Monroe of the East". She decided to retire acting in 1979 because she wanted the audience to remember her at her best.

Rostom once more turned down an offer of one million gineih (Egyptian pounds) for her biography in December 2002. The offer was made by an Egyptian satellite channel to portray her life as a drama series. She was asked to submit a complete history of her past achievements, and work experiences with prominent actors of the past, such as Farid Shawki, Faten Hamama, Yousif Shahin, Shukri Sarhan, and Shadia. The actress stated that she refused to sell her life as a means of entertainment and felt that her personal life was of her concern and no one else. Rostom made a statement when she turned down belly dancer Fifi Abdo's invitation to attend a party held in Hind Rostom's honour.

On August 8, 2011, Rostom died in a hospital in Al-Mohandeseen because of a heart attack.



At the age of 81, Hind Rostom died on August 8, 2011, due to a heart attack after being hospitalised for a few hours in Mohandesseen, Cairo.

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Film Role Notes
1950 Baba Amin Sonia
1954 Women Can’t Lie
1955 Flesh Nurten
1955 Women of the Night
1967 My One and Only Love
1957 Hamido's son Aziza
1958 Cairo Station Hanuma
1958 Sleepless Kawthar
1958 Ismail Yassine in the Mental Hospital
1959 Struggle on the Nile Nargis
1959 She Lived for Love
1960 Between Heaven and Earth
1961 A Rumor of Love
1963 Chafika the Copt Girl
1965 The Nun
1967 El khouroug min el guana Anan
1967 El aris el thani Wafae
1971 Madrasatee al-hisnaa Nadia
1972 Wakr al-ashrar
1979 Hayati azaab


  1. ^ "Hend Rostom". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  2. ^ "Hind Rustom, AlexCinema". www.bibalex.org. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  3. ^ Arab News. "'Marilyn Monroe of Arabia' Hind Rostom dies". Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  4. ^ "هند رستم" [Hend Rostom]. Hayyes.com (in Arabic). 2012. Archived from the original on 8 August 2013. الفنانة هند رستم اسمها بالكامل هو هند حسين محمد باشا رستم، وهي ممثلة مصرية ولدت في الثاني عشر من نوفمبر عام 1931م، بحي محرم بك بمحافظة الاسكندرية، عاشت في عائلة شركسية مصرية. (Hend Rostom, full name Hend Hussein Mohammad Pasha Rustam, is an Egyptian actress who was born on 12 November 1931, in Moharram Bey neighborhood of Alexandria, to a Circassian Egyptian family.) 
  5. ^ Sekaly, Malak. "19 January 2016". SpiralMag. Cairo. Archived from the original on 5 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Rym Tina Ghazal. "The Other Marilyn Monroe". Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 September 2017. Of aristocratic Turkish & Arab roots, Rostom was born on November 11, 1931 in Alexandria as Nariman Hussein Murad... 
  7. ^ The Daily News Egypt (2011-08-09). "Egyptian screen legend, seductress Hind Rostom dies at 82". The Daily News Egypt. Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2011-08-28. Born Nariman Hussein Murad on Nov. 11, 1931 in Alexandria to a middle-class Turkish father and an aristocratic mother, her parents separated shortly after she was born. She moved to Cairo with her father when she was nine and then later with her single mother a few years later. 
  8. ^ Hesham, Soha. "Hind Rostom (1929-2011) Egypt's Monroe". Al-Ahram. Retrieved 5 September 2017. Rostom was born on 11 November 1929 in Alexandria to a Turkish father and an Egyptian mother. 

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