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Egyptian Cinderella

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Soad hosny, a late Egyptian celebrity.

Soad Mohmed Hosny was an Egyptian actress of a Syrian father of Kurdish de-scent born in Ataba, Cairo, Egypt on Jan. 26, 1943. She was nicknamed “Cinder-ella of Egyptian Cinema” and she was one of the most famous actresses in the Middle East.
Hosny ascended to stardom in the end of the 1950s, performing in more than 83 films. The majority of her films were shot in the 1960s and 1970s. Her first film was Hassan and Na’ima with the Egyptian star Moharram Fouad.The film was produced and directed by Henry Barakat.
Soad Hosny was married five times, actually one of them was (unofficially) the Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez, and unfortunately her marriages always ended with divorce. She is also the sister of the Syrian Egyptian singer Najat El-Saghira; that’s why she was gifted by such a beautiful voice.
When we talk about Soad Hosny then we are talking about femininity, beauty and charm; she is a major symbol of a real woman. Some of her special films are Khally Balak Min Zouzou, Hob Fi El-Zinzana, Gharib Fi Bayti, El Safira Aziza, Al-Zawja Al- Thanya and Al-Raii Wa Al-Nesaa, and this was her last film in 1991, directed by her ex-husband Ali Badrakhan. After that, Soad Hosny suffered severely from an unknown illness for about five years before travelling to London for treatment.
Hosny started to gain weight and avoid spots in order to protect her image; she wanted people to remember the funny, energetic and pretty Soad. She never expected her tragic end to die alone in a foreign country away from her family and friends. She was found a dead body under her balcony. Nobody could solve the riddle of her death till now, whether Hosny had commit-ted suicide or had been killed. Mystery will always surround this dark day, June 21, 2001.