Leila Forouhar

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Leila Forouhar
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Background information
Native name Leila Forouhar
Born (1958-02-23) 23 February 1958 (age 59)
Isfahan, Iran
Genres Dance, Pop
Occupation(s) Singer , Actress (Cinema - Theatre)
Years active 1961–present

Leila Forouhar (Persian: لیلا فروهر‎‎, Leylâ Foruhar) (born 23 February 1958, Isfahan, Iran) is an Iranian singer and actress. She was a child star, acting from the age of 3. She relocated to Turkey in 1974, then to Paris, before emigrating to Los Angeles in 1988.[1]


Leila is the daughter of the late Iranian actor Jahangir Forouhar. As a child she acted in movies in minor roles, receiving recognition for her part in Soltaneh Ghalbhaa (King of Hearts). As a teenager she began modeling for fashion magazines. She continued to act in movies and has featured in over 47 films, including Ezteraab, Three Sisters and The Thirsty Ones..

Move to France[edit]

War with neighboring Iraq had a negative impact on the Iranian movie and music industry. The Forouhar family stayed in Teheran until deciding to emigrate from the country.[citation needed]

Move to the United States[edit]

In 1988 Forouhar and her family moved to the United States. 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[citation needed].

Leila's songs are popular in countries including Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Iraq, Armenia and the United States. She has released more than 20 albums. Her album "Planet of Harmony" included songs in English, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Afghani, Armenian, Turkish and Kurdish.

In August 2004 Leila married Los Angeles-based Iranian-American businessman Esi Nabi.[2] Forouhar's nephew is American Muslim reformer Reza Aslan.[3]

Live In Tajikistan[edit]

In 2006 Leila Forouhar sang in three concerts in Tajikistan in a commemoration of Aryan civilization.[citation needed]

Celebration of Nowruz[edit]

In March 2010 she sang at an international celebration of the festival of Nowruz at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.[4]

Dolly Parton's Jolene[edit]

Leila covered Dolly Parton's Jolene on her 1976 album called Do Parande (The Two Birds, Persian: دو پرنده‎‎).


Unknown Release

  • 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

MZM Records Releases

  • 1992: Bahaaneh
  • 2008: Maahe Man

Other Records Releases

Single Tracks


  • Rouzegar (VHS)
  • The Return (VHS)
  • Flashback (VHS)
  • A Kiss (DVD)
  • Live in Concert at the Kodak Theatre (DVD)
  • 4 DVD Collection #1


  • Khak
  • King of Hearts (1968)
  • Aramesh dar Hozooreh Digaraan
  • Baagheh Boloor
  • Shabeh Aftabi
  • Ezteraab
  • Four Sisters
  • The Thirsty Ones
  • Morad & laleh
  • Iman
  • The Beauty Sin
  • Golden Cage
  • The Springtime Connection
  • Soltaneh ghalbha


  1. ^ Parsa, Javad. "Iranian Diaspora in California". New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Seventh Day: Leila Forouhar". BBCPersian.com (in Persian). BBC. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Ali, Syed Hamad (15 July 2011). "Islam's pulse in the US". Gulf News. Al Nisr Publishing LLC. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "The beginning, First Nowruz at the White House". NowruzCommission.org. Nowruz Commission. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Leila Forouhar: Live in Concert at Kodak Theatre (Introduction by artist). California: Caltex Records. 2003 [2003]. B0007Y5HNE. 

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