Soad Hosny

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Soad Hosny
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Soad Hosny (1972)
Native name سعاد حسني
Born Souad Muhammad Kamal Hosny
(1942-01-26)January 26, 1942
Ataba, Cairo, Egypt
Died June 21, 2001(2001-06-21) (aged 59)
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.[1] Hosny was known as the "Cinderella of Egyptian cinema" and one of the most influential actresses in the Middle East.[2] 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.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Souad Muhammad Kamal Hosny was born in 1942 in Ataba, Cairo, the tenth child of 17 brothers and sisters. Her father was Mohammad Hosni (1894 – 1964), a Syrian of Kurdish descent. He was a respected calligrapher, and married more than once.[4][5][6][6]

Najat Al Saghira, one of Hosny's half-siblings, a retired actress and singer.[7]

Hosny's final screen appearance was in 1991 in the film Al Ra'i We El Nissa.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Soad Hosny was married four times.[8] 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.[1]

Death[edit]

Image of Stewart Tower

Hosny died after falling from the balcony of her home at Stuart Tower in London in 22 June 2001.[9] Her funeral in Cairo was attended by some 10,000 people.[10] Soad had no children and leaves as her widower, her last husband, writer Maher Awad, whom she married in 1987.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Old novelty film poster of Soad Hosni from the film Amira... Hobi Ana
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'

Series[edit]

  • (1985) Hekayat Hwa we Heya

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ashraf Gharib,2001: "Soad Hosni: Al-Hulm Al-Dai' (Soad Hosni: The Lost Dream)"[12]
  • Mohamed Soweid,2004: " Cabaret Suad", Beirut: Dar al-Adab[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Soad Hosny's Family's Official Website
  2. ^ "Egyptian Cinderella". 
  3. ^ a b "Egyptian screen star dies". BBC News. June 22, 2001. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ Ahmad Al Samehi. [1] Arabic newspaper "Al Ahram" in Egypt, December 6, 2012, Issue No. 46021: "Brother of Najat Al Saghira and Soad Hosny: I taught singing to Najat"; accessed July 4, 2015.
  5. ^ [2], June 24, 2015: Article on Mohammad Hosni the calligrapher.
  6. ^ a b [3] Alsharq Al Awsat newspaper, 2001/08/03, No. 8284: Article on Soad Hosni and her family by Mayad Beloun.
  7. ^ Najat Al Saghira profile, najatalsaghira.wordpress.com; accessed July 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Egyptians mourn screen Cinderella". BBC News. June 28, 2001. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Egyptians mourn screen Cinderella", bbc.co.uk, June 28, 2001.
  10. ^ [4], Soad Hosni funeral], albayan.ae, June 29, 2001.
  11. ^ Brief biography of Soad Mohamed Hosny, worldheritage.org; accessed July 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Return of Soad". Al-Ahram Weekly. November 11–17, 2001. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The cornflake predicament". Al-Ahram Weekly. June 16–22, 2005. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 

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