Soad Hosny (1972)
|Native name||سعاد حسني|
|Born||Souad Muhammad Kamal Hosny
January 26, 1942
Bulaq, Cairo, Egypt
|Died||June 21, 2001
London, England, UK
Soad Hosny (Egyptian Arabic:سعاد حسني January 26, 1942 – June 21, 2001) was an Egyptian actress and singer born in the Bulaq district of Cairo. She was known as the "Cinderella of Egyptian cinema" and one of the most influential actresses in the Middle East. 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.
Early life and career
Soad Muhammad Kamal Hosny was born in 1942 in Ataba, 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. Her father, a Syrian of Kurdish descent, was a calligrapher. Najat Al Saghira, one of Hosny's half-siblings, was an actress and singer.
Hosny's final screen appearance was in 1991 in Al Ra'i We El Nissa.
Soad Hosny was married four times. 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.
Hosny died after being thrown from the balcony of her home at Stuart Tower in London on June 21, 2001. Her death remains an unresolved mystery.  Her funeral in Cairo was attended by some 10,000 people. Soad had no children and was survived by her widower, her last husband, writer Maher Awad, whom she married in 1987.
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.
|1959||Hassan wa Na'ima||Na'ima|
|1960||El Banat W El Seif||Sameiha|
|1960||Salast Regaal W Emra'a||Thorya|
|1960||Mal W Nsaa'||Nei'mat|
|1962||Mn Gheir Me'aad||Salwa|
|1962||Seraa' Maa' el-Malaa'eka||Nagwa|
|1963||El-Arees Yasel Ghadan||Samira|
|1964||Le'bet el-Hob w el-Gawaz||Amira|
|1966||Fares Bani Hemdan||Naglaa'|
|1966||Saghera A'la el-Hob||Karima/Sameiha|
|1967||Shabab Magnon Gdn||Madeha/ Esmat|
|1967||El Zoga Al Thanya||Fatma|
|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|
|1969||Shei' mn el-Azab||Salwa/Ammal|
|1970||Ghroob we Shrooa'||Madiha|
|1972||Khali balak mn Zozo||Zozo/Zeinab|
|1972||El-Nas we el-Neil||Nadya|
|1973||El-Hob elazi kan||Maha|
|1974||Amiraa.. Hobi Ana||Amira|
|1975||Ala min notliq al-rasas||Tahani|
|1978||Chafika et Metwal||Chafika|
|1981||People on the Top||Seham|
|1981||Maowid ala ashaa||Nawwaal|
|1982||Ghareeb fi Baity||Afaf|
|1984||Afghanistan Lemaza||Afghani woman|
|1991||Al-Ra'i wal Nisaa||Wafaa'|
- (1985) Hekayat Hwa we Heya
- Ashraf Gharib,2001: "Soad Hosni: Al-Hulm Al-Dai' (Soad Hosni: The Lost Dream)"
- Mohamed Soweid,2004: " Cabaret Suad", Beirut: Dar al-Adab
- Soad Hosny official family website, soadhosny.org; accessed October 31, 2015.
- "Egyptian Cinderella". Retrieved October 31, 2015.
- "Egyptian screen star dies". BBC News. June 22, 2001. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- Mayad Beloun. Profile, Alsharq Al Awsat (newspaper), (August 3, 2001), No. 8284.
- Najat Al Saghira profile, najatalsaghira.wordpress.com; accessed July 4, 2015.
- 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)
- "Mohammad Hosni the calligrapher", citytalks.co.uk, June 24, 2015; accessed July 10, 2015.
- "Egyptians mourn screen Cinderella". BBC News. June 28, 2001. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- Soad Hosni funeral coverage, albayan.ae, June 29, 2001.
- Al Arabiya (Arabic TV channel, Dubai); "Husbands of screen Cinderella ..."; accessed June 23, 2011; accessed July 10, 2015.
- Rowan El Shimi, "Cinderella story of Egyptian cinema told through film on Soad Hosny", ahram.org.eg, September 25, 2013.
- "Return of Soad". Al-Ahram Weekly. November 11–17, 2001. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- "The cornflake predicament". Al-Ahram Weekly. June 16–22, 2005. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
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- Searching for the "Cinderella"
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Articles and essays
- "رسالة السندريلا إلى الله!" (in Arabic)
- "Souad Hosny dies in London after struggling with disease", aawsat.com (in Arabic)
- on YouTube