Nasiba Zeynalova

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Nasiba Zeynalova
Nəsibə Zeynalova
Born(1916-04-20)20 April 1916
Died10 March 2004(2004-03-10) (aged 87)
Years active1932–2004

Nasiba Jahangir gizi Zeynalova (Azerbaijani: Nəsibə Cahangir qızı Zeynalova; 20 April 1916 – 10 March 2004) was a Soviet and Azerbaijani actress. People's Artist of Azerbaijan SSR (1967).

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.

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 Academic 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 SSR.[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)