Leila Kasra
Leila Kasra
Leila Kasra also known as Hadieh or Hedieh, was a legendary Persian poet, writer and lyricist who wrote many hits for many famous Persian artists like Ebi, Dariush, Sattar, Vigen, Moein, Mahasti, Andy, Homeyra, Hassan Shamaizadeh, Siavash Shams, Shohreh, Shahram Solati, Nooshafarin, Habib, Shahrokh, Morteza, Farzin, Golpa, Iraj, Kouros, and most of Hayedeh's songs, who was her best friend.
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  • 1989
    Age 49
    On Tuesday May 16, 1989, after a twelve-year battle with breast cancer, and seventeen surgeries Leila Kasra died in Century City Hospital in Los Angeles.
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  • 1989
    Age 49
    On Sunday May 21, 1989 Kasra was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Her funeral was attended by many artists such as Sattar, Homeyra, Andy, Hassan Shamaizadeh, Shahram Shabpareh, Alireza Amirghassemi, Morteza, Soosan and many more.
  • 1984
    Age 44
    The song "Gheseye Man" performed by Hayedeh and written by Kasra in 1984 is about her suffering and her illness.
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  • 1977
    Age 37
    In 1977 Kasra was diagnosed with breast cancer.
    More Details Hide Details In the following years she was constantly battling breast cancer.
  • 1975
    Age 35
    In 1975 after Fereydoun Khoshnoud's request Kasra started writing songs and became a lyricist for artists like Elaheh and Hayedeh.
    More Details Hide Details The first song she wrote was "Doayeh Sahar" sung by Hayedeh. Before the revolution she wrote famous memorable songs for artist like Hayedeh, Nooshafarin, Elaheh, Ebi, Sattar, Mahasti, Golpa and Nasrin. Like many Persian artists Kasra moved to the United States after the Iranian Revolution. After the revolution Kasra chose to write songs under the name "Hedieh". She wrote countless memorable songs for many artists mostly for Hayedeh who was a very close friend of hers. She also wrote many songs for new artists like Andy & Kouros, Shohreh, Siavash and many more. In 1986 Leila Kasra wrote the song "Tanine Solh" about the Iran Iraq war and was performed by Andy & Kouros, Fataneh, Moein, and Morteza. Two of the songs she had written and were sung by Andy were used in the soundtrack of the 2003 motion picture House of Sand and Fog.
  • 1969
    Age 29
    In 1969 Kasra published two poetry books.
    More Details Hide Details One of her books co won the Television poetry contest and she shared the award with Manouchehr Atashi.
  • 1959
    Age 19
    In 1959 her first poem was published in "Etelate Banouan".
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  • 1956
    Age 16
    In 1956 she wrote columns for the magazines: "Omide Iran", "Roshanfekr", "Etelate Banouan".
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  • 1939
    Leila Kasra was born on March 27, 1939 in Tehran.
    More Details Hide Details After graduating from high school in Tehran, Kasra moved to England to continue her education where she got a bachelor's degree in English Literature from King's College London. When she returned to Iran she was hired in the Iran Petrochemical Commercial Company but she left the job to pursue a career in poetry.
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