23 February 1959 |
|Occupation(s)||singer, model, actress|
Leila Forouhar (born 23 February 1959) is a popular Iranian pop singer. She was an actress before the Iranian Revolution also. She relocated to Paris after the Iranian Revolution and then to Los Angeles in 1988.
Leila is the daughter of the late Iranian actor Jahangir Forouhar, who had already established a solid background in the Iranian entertainment industry by the early 1970s. She speaks of the great influence her father had upon her interviews. She followed her father's career path into movies, beginning with minor roles in various movies that were based mainly on the social issues of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In time she became known as a child star, and with the release of Soltaneh Ghalbhaa (King of Hearts), her fame had already spread to all three Persian countries Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. As a teenager, she began modeling for top fashion magazines alongside acting, with roles in Ezteraab, Three Sisters and The Thirsty Ones. Leila has more than 47 films.
Move to France
With the outbreak of war with neighboring Iraq, the Iranian movie and music industry was foundering. Initially Forouhar family decided to stay in Tehran in hopes that the conclusion of the war would signify a return to the pre-revolutionary era. With the war drew stretched on, however, Leila decided to leave the country.
During this time, much of the press speculated about Forouhar's possible comeback to singing, but Forouhar did not grant interviews, desiring to remain unobtrusive (assassinations of famous expatriates were common).
Move to the United States
In 1988 Forouhar and her family moved to the United States quickly establishing contact with Los Angeles based Iranian artists who had fled at the outbreak of the revolution. That same year, she released "Makhmal-e-Naz" and in 1989 "Hedieh" ("The Gift"), and the song "Ey Dil" ("Oh My Heart") became very popular, rekindling a craze similar to that inspired by "Cheshma-e-Nour" ("Eye of Light"). Releasing an album a year, by the 1990s she re-established her reputation as a popular female vocalist amongst Persian audiences.
Leila is very popular among Middle Eastern countries like Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kurdistan, Armenia and also in the United States. She has received appreciation from the Los Angeles mayor several times. Releasing an album a year, Leila has released more than 20 albums since she has started her singing career. One of her best sold album was “Planet of Harmony“, that consisted of famous songs in different languages like English, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Afghani, Armenian, Turkish, and Kurdish. Her albums are available in Tower Records and iTunes.
In 2005, Leila married a Los Angeles-based Iranian-American businessman in a ceremony that included many fellow singers and entertainers with whom she had made albums. Forouhar's nephew is American Muslim reformer Reza Aslan.
Live In Tajikistan
In 2006, Leila Forouhar had a performance in Tajikistan for a celebration commemorating Aryan civilization. During three concerts that she performed there more than 40,000 people came at the concerts.
Celebration of regarding Nowrouz
In Nowrouz of 1389 (2010) in celebration of regarding Nowrouz as an international ceremony in United Nation calendar, Leila Forouhar performed a great program as a representative of Iranian Community with presence of numerous politician of the United States and Middle East countries in Thomas Jefferson congress Hall.
- 1974: Hadis
Avang Records Releases
- 1977: Leila Forouhar 2 (Ham Parvaz)
Caltex Records Releases
- 1990: Hedieh (with Shahram Solati)
- 1991: Shaans
- 1994: Attal Mattal (with Ebi)
- 1995: Tapesh
- 1996: Saraab
- 1997: Love Songs
- 1997: Planet of Harmony
- 1997: Dance Beat
- 1998: Love Story
- 1999: Didar (with Shahram Shabpareh)
- 1999: Yek Samado Do Leila (soundtrack from the play "Yek Samado Do Leila")
- 2000: Tasvir
- 2001: Story of Yours, Story of Mine
- 2003: Live in Concert at the Kodak Theatre
- 2005: A Kiss
- 2008: My Moon
- 2012: From My Heart
Taraneh Record Releases
- 1993: Hamsafar
- 1994: Do Parandeh
- 2012: From My Heart
Pars Video Releases
- 1988: Makhmal-e-Naaz
- 1994: Parandeha (with Mahasti and Shahram Solati)
- 1999: Ghahremanane Vatan (with Andy and Dariush)
MZM Records Releases
- 1992: Bahaaneh
- 2008: Maahe Man
Other Records Releases
- 2000: Lets party (with Maxim & The Boyz)
single Records Releases
- 1970s: Entezaar
- 1974: Delshoureh
- 1975: Yeki Yepoole Khoroos
- 1977: Zalzalak
- 1992: Amad az rah fasle zibaye bahar
- 1994: Telesm (With Shamaei zadeh)
- 1995: Nefrin (with Mekabiz)
- 1996: Zamin larzid
- 1998: Iran barande mishe
- 2001: Azadeh Irani
- 2002: Mosabbeb
- 2003: Sayad Nojva
- 2006: Music (with 23 singer)
- 2007: Iran Iran (with Omid Soltani)
- 2007: The Memories (Dedicated to Mahasti)
- 2009: Bedoon Iran Nemimir
- 2010: Nowrooz
- 2011: Do Parandeh (Remix)
- 2013: Kashki
- 2013: Eshgham
- 2014: Ba To
- 2014: Khayli Hasasam
- 2014: Fereshtehaye Kucholo
- 2015: Kheili Dooset Daram
|1||Maahe Man||Maahe Man||2008|
|3||Khoob||Story of Yours, Story of Mine||2001|
|4||Kalaghaye Khabarcheen||Leila Forouhar||1976|
|6||Akharin Jofte Zamin||Hadis||1974|
|7||Golhaye Lala-Abbasi||Attal Mattal||1994|
|10||Chi Seda Konam Toro?||Story of Yours, Story of Mine||2001|
|11||Yek Booseh||A Kiss||2005|
|12||Nazdiktar az Eshgh||A Kiss||2005|
|1||Khabare Tazeh||Attal Mattal||1996|
|2||Do Parandeh||Leila Forouhar||1976|
|4||Azad||Story of Yours, Story of Mine||2001|
|8||Eshgh Mesle Atisheh||Leila Forouhar||1976|
|10||Ghadima||Story of Yours, Story of Mine||2001|
- Rouzegar (VHS)
- The Return (VHS)
- Flashback (VHS)
- A Kiss (DVD)
- Live in Concert at the Kodak Theatre (DVD)
- 4 DVD Collection #1
- King of Hearts (1968)
- Aramesh dar Hozooreh Digaraan
- Baagheh Boloor
- Shabeh Aftabi
- Four Sisters
- The Thirsty Ones
- Morad & laleh
- The Beauty Sin
- Golden Cage
- The Springtime Connection
- Soltaneh ghalbha
- "About Leila Forouhar". Leila Forouhar. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
- Leila Forouhar: Live in Concert at Kodak Theatre (Introduction by artist). California: Caltex Records. 2003 . B0007Y5HNE.
- "Leila Forouhar, Shohreh, or Helen: Whom Would You Pick as Best?". Tehran Magazine. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- "Marriage of Entertainment Star Leila & Essi.". p.62-65 (Tehran Magazine). Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- "Leila Forouhar: The Beloved Star". p. 72-73 (Tehran Magazine). Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- "Interview with Leila Forouhar.". 57-59 (Tehran Magazine). Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- "Leila Forouhar Gives Answers to Sent Questions". BBC Persian. 16 September 2004. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- "Leila…A Kiss, A Marriage and Two Years". BBC Persian. 8 April 2005. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- "Seventh Day". 2 April 2004. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- "Seventh Day: Leila Forouhar". BBC Persian. 22 October 2004. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- "Leila's Concerts in Tajikistan". BBC Persian. 15 April 2006. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- Leila Forouhar's Official Website
- Leila Forouhar's Fan Club & News
- Leila Forouhar's Official Fan page (Facebook)
- Leila Forouhar's Videos
- Leila Forouhar at the Internet Movie Database