Soad Hosny

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Soad Hosny
سعاد حسني
Suad Husni.jpg
Soad Hosny c. 1979
Native name سعاد حسني
Born Souad Muhammad Kamal Hosny
(1943-01-26)January 26, 1943
Cairo, Egypt
Died June 21, 2001(2001-06-21) (aged 58)
London, England, UK
Nationality Egyptian Egypt
Occupation Actress, singer

Soad Hosny (Arabic: سعاد حسنى‎  pronounced [soˈʕæːd ˈħosni]: 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 and the Arab world.[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 district in Cairo, Egypt. She's one of three sisters born to Mohammad Hosni and his Egyptian wife, Gawhara . She also had eight half-siblings. Her parents divorced and her mother remarried, to an Egyptian man, Abdul Monem Hafeez, 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]


Stuart Tower in Westminster, England

On June 21, 2001, Soad Hosny committed suicide by jumping from the balcony of her friend Nadia yousri apartment in Stuart tower building in london. Soad Hosny was pronounced dead at 9:15 pm. There was a lot of controversy surrounding her death, with many doubting suicide and suspecting foul play. However, Scotland yard's investigations ruled out any possibility of foul play. Soad's body was flown home to Cairo on the 27th of June 2001.[9] Her funeral in Cairo was attended by 10,000 people. She is buried in a family's plot of land on the outskirts of Cairo.[10] She had no children and was survived by her last husband, writer Maher Awad, whom she married in 1987.[11][12]


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.[13]



  • Ashraf Gharib,2001: "Soad Hosni: Al-Hulm Al-Dai' (Soad Hosni: The Lost Dream)"[14]
  • Mohamed Soweid,2004: " Cabaret Suad", Beirut: Dar al-Adab[15]


  1. ^ "وثيقة مكتوبة : شهادة ميلاد سعاد حسني 1943 م". Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Roa'ya Assar - بالمستندات الرسمية: سعاد حسني مصرية و وُلدت... | Facebook". 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,; 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",, 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,, June 29, 2001.
  11. ^ Al Arabiya (Arabic TV channel, Dubai); "Husbands of screen Cinderella ..."; accessed June 23, 2011; accessed July 10, 2015.
  12. ^ "Egyptians mourn screen Cinderella". 2001-06-28. Retrieved 2017-11-20. 
  13. ^ Rowan El Shimi, "Cinderella story of Egyptian cinema told through film on Soad Hosny",, September 25, 2013.
  14. ^ "Return of Soad". Al-Ahram Weekly. November 11–17, 2001. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  15. ^ "The cornflake predicament". Al-Ahram Weekly. June 16–22, 2005. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 

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