Nasiba Zeynalova

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Nasiba Zeynalova
Nəsibə Zeynalova
Nasiba Zeynalova.jpg
Born(1916-04-20)20 April 1916
Died10 March 2004(2004-03-10) (aged 87)
Years active1938–2004
ChildrenCahangir Novruzov

Nasiba Jahangir gizi Zeynalova (Azerbaijani: Nəsibə Cahangir qızı Zeynalova; 20 April 1916, Baku – 10 March 2004, Baku) was an Azerbaijani actress and People's Artist of Azerbaijan. She was famous mostly for her comedy roles.

Life and career[edit]

Nasiba Zeynalova was born in Baku (then part of the Russian Empire, present-day capital of Azerbaijan), the daughter of merchant and stage actor Jahangir Zeynalov.[1] The family fled to Iran just before the Azeri massacre of March 1918 committed by Bolshevik military units in Baku. Her father died during their trip back home in September 1918, via the Caspian Sea.[citation needed]

While in secondary school she attended dance courses. In 1932 she joined Rza Tahmasib's drama club. In 1937 she joined a vagrant theatre troupe and toured several Azerbaijani towns. In 1938 she started working at the Azerbaijan State Theatre of Musical Comedy. She earned a degree at the Baku School of Theatre.[2]

In the following years Nasiba Zeynalova acted in 22 films and around 70 plays, as well as in numerous television sketches. She is most remembered for the roles of Fatmanisa in Ogey ana (Stepmother, 1958), Sughra in Bizim Jabish muallim (Our Teacher Jabish, 1969), Jannat in Gayinana (Mother-in-law, 1978) and Auntie Asli in Beyin ogurlanmasi (The Kidnapping of the Groom, 1985). In 1967, she was named People's Artist of Azerbaijan.[2][3]



  1. ^ Nəsibə Zeynalova on; accessed 22 March 2015. (in Azerbaijani)
  2. ^ a b (in Azerbaijani) Nasiba Zeynalova biography,; accessed 22 March 2015.
  3. ^ Зейналова Насиба Джангир кызы,; accessed 22 March 2015. (in Russian)