Soad Hosny

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Soad Hosny
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Soad Hosny (1972)
Native name سعاد حسني
Born Souad Muhammad Kamal Hosny
January 26, 1943
Cairo, Egypt
Died June 21, 2001
London, England, UK
Nationality Egyptian
Occupation Actress, singer

Soad Hosny (Arabic):سعاد حسني January 26, 1943[1] – June 21, 2001) was an Egyptian[2] actress born in Cairo. She was known as the "Cinderella of Egyptian cinema" and one of the most influential actresses in the Middle East.[3] She ascended to stardom at the end of the 1950s, performing in more than 83 films between 1959 and 1991. A majority of her films were shot in the 1960s and 1970s. Her final screen appearance was in the 1991 film, The Shepherd and the Women, directed by her ex-husband, Ali Badrakhan.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Soad Muhammad Kamal Hosny was born in Bulaq, Cairo, one of three sisters born to Mohammad Hosni and his wife, Jawahara. She also had eight half-siblings. Her parents divorced and her mother remarried, to Abdul Monem Hafedh, with whom she had six more children, thus giving Soad and her two sisters, no fewer than 14 half-siblings.[5] Her father was a calligrapher.[5][6][7][8] Najat Al Saghira, one of Hosny's half-siblings, was an actress and singer.[6]

Hosny's final screen appearance was in 1991 in Al Ra'i We El Nissa.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Soad Hosny was married four times.[9] Around 1968, she was married to cinematographer Salah Kurayyem; the marriage lasted for approximately one year. In 1970, Hosny was married to the Egyptian film director Ali Badrakhan; this marriage lasted for approximately eleven years. She was then married to Zaki Fateen Abdel-Wahab, son of Fateen Abdel Wahab and Leila Mourad in 1981. This marriage lasted only five months.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

Image of Stuart Tower

Hosny died after falling from the balcony of her home at Stuart Tower in London on June 21, 2001.[9] Her funeral in Cairo was attended by some 10,000 people.[10] She had no children and was survived by her widower, her last husband, writer Maher Awad, whom she married in 1987.[11]

Latest[edit]

In 2013, Lebanese filmmaker Rania Stephan used snippets from Hosny's films to re-tell Hosny's story and the history of Egyptian cinema in The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosny. It was featured in Berlin's Art Week.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1959 Hassan wa Na'ima Na'ima
1960 El Banat W El Seif Sameiha
1960 Salast Regaal W Emra'a Thorya
1960 Esha'et Hob Sameiha
1960 Mal W Nsaa' Nei'mat
1960 Gharamyat Emra'a Amina
1961 A'az El-Habayeb Kawthar
1961 El-Sabaa' Banaat Salwa
1961 El-Saferia Aziza Aziza
1961 Mafish Tafahom Leila
1961 Lemaza A'aish Nabila
1961 Haa' 3 Soad
1961 El-Do' el-Khaft Nawwal
1961 El-Ashkyaa' el-Talata Mervat
1962 Mafish Tafahom Leila
1962 Maww'ed Fil-borg Ammaal
1962 Mn Gheir Me'aad Salwa
1962 Ghosn el-Zaytoon Atyaat
1962 Seraa' Maa' el-Malaa'eka Nagwa
1963 Ser el-Hareba Horyah
1963 El-Saheira el-Saghera Hanya
1963 El-garema el-Dahka Leila
1963 Aylet Zizi Sanaa'
1963 El-Arees Yasel Ghadan Samira
1963 Shaa'awet Banaat Ammaal
1964 Le'bet el-Hob w el-Gawaz Amira
1964 Hekayt Gawaz Adeila
1964 Awwel Hob Donia
1964 El-Morahkan Nahed
1964 Lel-regal Faqat Salwa
1964 El-Ozab el-Talata Elham
1964 ElTaree' Elham
1965 El-Moghamroon el-Talta Mona
1965 El-Talta Yhbonha Eiman
1966 Ganab el-Safeer Hoda
1966 Mabka el-Oshak Sekina
1966 Leilet el-Zefaf Salwa
1966 Al-Kahira thalatheen Ehsan
1966 Fares Bani Hemdan Naglaa'
1966 Saghera A'la el-Hob Karima/Sameiha
1966 Shaa'awet Regala Fareda
1967 El-Lekaa' el-Thani Hoda
1967 Shabab Magnon Gdn Madeha/ Esmat
1967 Sha't el-Talaba Mona
1967 El Zoga Al Thanya Fatma
1968 El-Set el-Nazra Hoda
1968 Helwa we Sha'ia Aziza/Nosa
1968 El-Tlmeza we el-Ostaz Salwa
1968 Baba Ayez Keda Nadya
1968 El-Zawag a'la el Tareeqa el-Hadeesa Noha
1968 Hekayt 3 Banat Shahira
1968 Hawaa' we el-Kerd Nadya
1968 Nar el-Hob Nadya
1969 Be'r el-Herman Nahed/Mervat
1969 Nadya Nadya/Mona
1969 Fatat el-esta'rad Fayza
1969 Shei' mn el-Azab Salwa/Ammal
1970 El-Hob el-Daa'ea' Leila
1970 Ghroob we Shrooa' Madiha
1971 El-Ekhtyaar Sherifa
1971 Zawgati wal-kalb Soad
1972 El-Khoof Soad
1972 Khali balak mn Zozo Zozo/Zeinab
1972 El-Nas we el-Neil Nadya
1973 El-Hob elazi kan Maha
1973 Ghrobaa' Nadya
1974 Ayna Akli Ayda
1974 Amiraa.. Hobi Ana Amira
1975 El-Karnak Zeinab
1975 Ala min notliq al-rasas Tahani
1978 Chafika et Metwal Chafika
1979 El-Motwhesha Bahya
1981 People on the Top Seham
1981 Al-Mashbouh Fatma/Bata
1981 Maowid ala ashaa Nawwaal
1981 Al Qadisiyya Shereen
1982 Ghareeb fi Baity Afaf
1983 Hob fel-Znzana Fayza
1984 Afghanistan Lemaza Afghani woman
1986 Al-Go'a Zebida
1986 Asfour el-Shark Reem
1988 Al-Darga Al-Thalitha Nea'na'aa
1991 Al-Ra'i wal Nisaa Wafaa'

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ashraf Gharib,2001: "Soad Hosni: Al-Hulm Al-Dai' (Soad Hosni: The Lost Dream)"[13]
  • Mohamed Soweid,2004: " Cabaret Suad", Beirut: Dar al-Adab[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "وثيقة مكتوبة : شهادة ميلاد سعاد حسني 1943 م". souad.banouta.net. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Roa'ya Assar - بالمستندات الرسمية: سعاد حسني مصرية و وُلدت... | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-10-29. 
  3. ^ "Egyptian Cinderella". Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Egyptian screen star dies". BBC News. June 22, 2001. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Mayad Beloun. Profile, Alsharq Al Awsat (newspaper), (August 3, 2001), No. 8284.
  6. ^ a b Najat Al Saghira profile, najatalsaghira.wordpress.com; accessed July 4, 2015.
  7. ^ Ahmad Al Samehi. Profile, Al Ahram, December 6, 2012, Issue No. 46021: "Brother of Najat Al Saghira and Soad Hosny: I taught singing to Najat"; accessed July 4, 2015. (in Arabic)
  8. ^ "Mohammad Hosni the calligrapher", citytalks.co.uk, June 24, 2015; accessed July 10, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Egyptians mourn screen Cinderella". BBC News. June 28, 2001. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  10. ^ Soad Hosni funeral coverage, albayan.ae, June 29, 2001.
  11. ^ Al Arabiya (Arabic TV channel, Dubai); "Husbands of screen Cinderella ..."; accessed June 23, 2011; accessed July 10, 2015.
  12. ^ Rowan El Shimi, "Cinderella story of Egyptian cinema told through film on Soad Hosny", ahram.org.eg, September 25, 2013.
  13. ^ "Return of Soad". Al-Ahram Weekly. November 11–17, 2001. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  14. ^ "The cornflake predicament". Al-Ahram Weekly. June 16–22, 2005. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 

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