Leila Mourad

Actor and Singer
Born Feb 17, 1918

Leila Mourad was an Egyptian singer and actress. She is also credited as "Laila Mourad" and "Layla Mourad".

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1918 Birth Born in 1918.


1932 14 Years Old Her first film appearance, aged fifteen, was in the 1932 al-Dahaya (The Victims) which had originally been made as a silent film. … Read More


1938 20 Years Old Further success came when the prominent Egyptian composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab heard her singing and gave her a role in his film Yahia el Hob (Viva Love!) in 1938. … Read More
1945 27 Years Old In 1945 she made Layla Bint al-Fuqara (Layla, daughter of the poor) directed by Anwar Wagdi whom she married shortly after. … Read More


1949 31 Years Old …  Despite the immense popularity of her films her singing career was over-shadowed by Um Kulthum who dominated Egypt's musical landscape and, in 1949, had become president of the Musicians' Union. … Read More
1953 35 Years Old In 1953, she was selected, over Umm Kulthum, as the official singer of the Egyptian revolution.


1967 49 Years Old Leila Mourad's relationship with her family was not an easy one, possibly due to her conversion to Islam. Between 1967 and 1970, Hundreds of Egyptian Jewish males were deported to the detention camps of Abu Zaabal and Tura, including Leila's brother, Isak Zaki.


1968 50 Years Old Families of the detainees were allowed to visit beginning in 1968, and some noted that Leila was never seen visiting her brother.
1969 51 Years Old …  Later she married Waguih Abaza, and then film director Fatin Abdul Wahab and she gave birth to their son Zaki Fatin Abdul Wahab, and finally divorced in 1969. … Read More
1970 52 Years Old Leila Mourad made a few brief reappearances during Ramadan in 1970, when she was scheduled to read Salah Jaheen's "Fawazeer Ramadan" (Ramadan' puzzles), a daily traditional radio program held during the Holy month of Ramadan. Leila Mourad died in a hospital in Cairo in 1995.


1995 78 Years Old Died on November 21, 1995.
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