Naglaa Fathi

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Naglaa Fathi
نجلاء فتحى
Naglaa Fathi, c. 1976
Fatmah Elzahra' Hesin Fathi

(1951-12-21) 21 December 1951 (age 72)
Years active1966–2000
SpouseHamdi Qandil[1][2]

Naglaa Fathi aka Nagla' Fathi, whose birth name is Fatmah Elzahra' Hesin Fathi (Egyptian Arabic: فاطمه الزهراء حسين فتحى, born 21 December 1951),[3][4] Nagla' Fathi, is an Egyptian actress.[5][1][6] She started her acting career in 1967 and has played a role in over 80 films.[7] She established a production company and produced films, including film : Supermarket (1990) in which she was actress also.[8] The award-winning actress also wrote the screenplay for Tomorrow I Will Take Revenge (Arabic: غدا سأنتقم), (1980).[8]


Naglaa Fathi started her acting career in Egyptian cinema at age 15 when she was approached by the Egyptian film-producer Adli Elmowalled, while she was at the beach in Alexandria with her friends. When she was 15 years old she became an actress in the movie The Three Friends. She dropped out of school in 1967 to get involved in acting. Her career began in earnest and she starred in the 1968 Egyptian film Afrah (Arabic: أفراح, meaning "Joys"), produced in Beirut, Lebanon. The director of the film, Ali Badrakhan had reservations about Naglaa, but fellow producer Ramses Naguib saw her as potential romance icon.

Salah Zulfikar and Naglaa Fathi in My Husband's Wife (1970)

Throughout the 1970s, she acted in roughly 15 films a year, predominantly romantic dramas, including her 1970 film Imra'at Zawgy (Arabic: إمرأة زوجي, meaning My Husband's Wife). In the Egyptian film industry, she was only second to actress Faten Hamama in the number of romance films acted in, though not as popular since she was mostly given secondary roles to male characters. During the 1980s, Fathi largely departed from this role and began acting more complicated roles in movies dealing with a social and political dimension.[7] She received an award for best actress for her starring role in El Garage (1995),[9] where she played a deserted and impoverished single mother who lives inside a garage with her five children, all of whom she gradually gives up to other families as her health deteriorates. The film was based on a true story and Fathi described it as the "most difficult and painful" role she has had to play.[7] According to writer Nagla El-Baz, the movie was a success in raising awareness about the issue of overpopulation.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Fathi was born in Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt to an Egyptian family consisting of a father from Fayyum and a mother from Heliopolis, Cairo. Her first marriage was a secret marriage as a teenage, for a short period. Her family did not know about this secret marriage. She had no children from this secret marriage, which ended in divorce. She married again. She had her only child, a daughter named Yasmin (Arabic: ياسمين), with her second husband. This marriage ended in divorce in 1977. In 1992 she married well-known Egyptian journalist and television presenter Hamdi Qandil. While she stated that her first marriage, in 1969, was a secret kept from her family, she described her second marriage in 1971 as a balancing act for her life amid her new fame and fortune and an attempt to raise a large family. She said in a 2000 interview that Qandil, her current husband, "is the first man who has fascinated me. It is not easy to bewitch me, but he did. I feel like a student when I'm with him: I discover new qualities in him every day."[7]

Fathi is a Nasserist and Arab nationalist; she supports the Palestinian cause and all pan-Arabism causes. When the late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser declared his resignation after the Egyptian defeat in the 1967 War, she joined demonstrations protesting his departure, which he retracted days later. She has worn the traditional Palestinian rural dress during some interviews and public events as an expression of solidarity and said she was deeply distraught by the events in the Palestinian Territories, particularly stating, "My happiness has been shattered by the events. I don't know how to be happy, really. Something inside me has grown dark."[7]

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Film Role Notes
1966 The Three Friends الاصدقاء الثلاثه Zahrah زهره
1968 The Splendor of Love روعـة الحـب Hayam هيام
1968 Joys افراح Bothaynah بثينه
1968 The Thief Of The Paper حرامى الورقه Musical
1969 half An Hour Marriage نص ساعه جواز
1969 Love Of A Schoolgirl غرام تلميذه
1969 Secrets Of Girls اسرار البنات
1970 The Mirror المرايه Karimah كريمه
1970 My Husband's Wife امرأة زوجي Wafaa وفاء
1971 5 Lovers Street ٥ شارع الحبايب
1971 Delicious Journey رحله لذيذه Zahrah زهره
1972 The Emotion And The Body العاطفه و الجسد Hoda هدى
1972 The Devil Is A Woman الشيطان امرأة Yasminah ياسمينه
1972 A Nose and Three Eyes أنف وثلاث عيون Nagwa


1973 My Blood , My Tears And My Smileدمى و دموعى و ابتسامتى Nahed ناهد
1974 Bedur بدور
1974 The Most Beautiful Days of My Life أجمل أيام عمري
1975 The White Dress الرداء الابيض
1976 No Time for Tears لا وقت للدموع
1976 Moon of Time قمر الزمان
1977 Sonya And The Madman سونيا و المجنون Sonya سونيا
1977 Love Madness جنون الحب Mona منى
1979 Alexandria... Why? اسكندريه ليه؟ Sarah ساره
1980 Love Does Not See the Sun حب لا يرى الشمس
1980 Homeless الشريده
1984 The Unknown المجهول Nadia ناديه
1985 Excuse Me Law عفوا ايها القانون Hoda هدى
1986 Graveyards for Rent مدافن مفروشه للايجار Nabila نبيله
1988 Divorced Woman امرأة مطلقة Salwa سلوى
1989 The Dreams of Hind and Camelia احلام هند و كاميليا Camelia كاميليا
1990 Supermarket سوبرماركت Amira اميره Producer
1990 Below Zero تحت الصفر Raga رجاء
1991 Suspicion اشتباه Nadia ناديه
1995 The Garage الجراج Naimah نعيمه
1998 Concert in the Street of Happiness كونشرتو فى درب سعاده Sonia سونيا



  1. ^ a b "لهذا السبب.. غابت نجلاء فتحى عن عزاء حمدى قنديل". قال المخرج خضر محمد خضر، زوج نجلة الفنانة نجلاء فتحى، إن الفنانة القديرة لم تحضر عزاء زوجها الكاتب الراحل حمدي قنديل، والذي أقيم مساء أمس الخميس، بمسجد عمر مكرم بميدان التحرير، وذلك لوجودها بالمستشفى.وأضاف "خضر"، في تصريحات خاصة للجريدة، أن الفنانة الكبيرة موجودة بالمستشفى منذ عدة أيام لتلقيها العلاج عقب إصابتها بانهيار عصبي بعد وفاة زوجها.
  2. ^ "حاولت الانتحار ولهذا السبب غابت عن جنازة زوجها". وفي لقاء صحفي لنجلاء فتحى مع مجلة " سيدتي" في العام 2012، قالت نجلاء فتحي عن حلمها الأخير "كنت أتمنى الإنجاب من زوجي الإعلامى حمدى قنديل لأننى تعلّمت منه الكثير فيما يخصّ الهمّ الوطنى، وهو الذي كان مناضلاً وضد التوريث فى مصر وحارب الفساد بشتى أشكاله ومنعت برامجه من التلفزيون المصرى لأنه كان يقول كلمة حق".
  3. ^ "14 معلومة عن نجلاء فتحي.. تزوجت 4 مرات وغيّرت اسمها بسبب زهرة العلا". MBC (in Arabic). 22 December 2015.
  4. ^ "نجلاء فتحي.. فنانة تزوجت سرًا وقدمت الإغراء بجراءة". gololy (in Arabic). 4 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Naglaa Fathy - Biography Celebrity". Archived from the original on 31 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Naglaa Fathy - Actor - Filmography، photos، Video". Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e Abou El-Magd, Nadia (16–22 November 2000). "Naglaa Fathy: Soft as Steel". Al-Ahram (in Arabic). No. 508. Cairo, Egypt. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Naglaa Fathy".
  9. ^ The Hollywood Reporter, Wilkerson Daily Corporation, 1995, p. 54, retrieved 13 June 2013
  10. ^ El-Baz, Nagla (1997). "Egyptian Cinema and the problem of Child Labour". Ramses College. Retrieved 13 June 2013.

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