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
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, Cairo, one of three sisters born to Mohammad Hosni and his wife, Jawhara . 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] She's originally Syrian(Damascus). 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]


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][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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