Leila Mourad
Egyptian actor and singer
Leila Mourad
Leila Mourad was an Egyptian singer and actress. She is also credited as "Laila Mourad" and "Layla Mourad".
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Biopics in the Arab world: History entangled with subjectivity - Al-Masry Al-Youm
Google News - over 5 years
Other biographical dramas such as the 2009 "Ana Kalby Dalili" (My Heart Guides Me) about Jewish Egyptian singer Leila Mourad that touched upon other cultural taboos - the life of Jewish communities in Egypt before 1952 - were met with failure,
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Egyptian cinema mourns death of actor Kamal Elshinawi - The Daily Star
Google News - over 5 years
Elshinawi worked alongside some of the great leading ladies of the silver screen, including Shadia, Sabah and Leila Mourad, He also directed in 1965 the movie “The Sultan's Hangers On.” He joined the Egyptian Communist Party in the mid-1950s but it is
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The 1952 revolution: A legacy of cultural transformation - Al-Masry Al-Youm
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His name rose to fame after directing some major movies in the 1950s, such as “Sayedat al-Ketaar” (Lady on the Train) in 1953 starring Leila Mourad, “Sira` Fi al-Wadi” (Struggle in the Valley) in 1954 starring Faten Hamama and Omar Sharif,
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Leila Mourad, Egyptian Film Actress, 77
NYTimes - over 21 years
Leila Mourad, an Egyptian singer and actress who rose to fame in the 1940's and 50's, died on Tuesday, Egyptian newspapers reported today. She was 77. They said the Jewish-born actress -- who withdrew from the limelight after a career spanning 39 years -- died of heart failure. Ms. Mourad's vibrant voice and glamorous on-screen roles dazzled Middle
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1995
    Age 77
    Died on November 21, 1995.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1970
    Age 52
    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.
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  • 1969
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her famous songs include: Her movies include: The Ramadan television series "Ana Albi Dalili", about Leila Mourad, debuted in 2009. It is an Egyptian production headed by Syrian director Muhamad Zuhair Rajab. Safa Sultan, a Syrian actress, plays Leila Mourad. Ahmed Flukhs portrays Anwar Wagdi. Izat Abu Oof, an Egyptian actor, portrays Zaki Mourad and Hala Fahr portrays Miriam, the aunt of Leila Mourad.
  • FORTIES
  • 1968
    Age 50
    Families of the detainees were allowed to visit beginning in 1968, and some noted that Leila was never seen visiting her brother.
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  • 1967
    Age 49
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1953
    Age 35
    In 1953, she was selected, over Umm Kulthum, as the official singer of the Egyptian revolution.
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  • 1949
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1950s other singers also popular with younger audiences, such as Abdel al Halim Hafez, did not get the same exposure on the radio as Um Kulthum.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1945
    Age 27
    In 1945 she made Layla Bint al-Fuqara (Layla, daughter of the poor) directed by Anwar Wagdi whom she married shortly after.
    More Details Hide Details She went on to make a further 20 films of which the most outstanding is Ghazal al-Banat (The Flirtation of Girls), also directed and co-starring Wagdi. It also featured Nagib al-Rihani and Abdel Wahab in their last appearances on film.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1938
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the six years following the success of Yahia el Hob she made five best selling films with director Togo Mizrahi, becoming Egypt's top actress.
  • 1932
    Age 14
    Her first film appearance, aged fifteen, was in the 1932 al-Dahaya (The Victims) which had originally been made as a silent film.
    More Details Hide Details Her song, "The Day of Departure", was added as part of the transformation of the production into a "talkie". She was trained by her father and Dawood Hosni, who was also Jewish. Hosni had composed the first Operetta in the Arabic language, and he composed two songs for Leila: "Hairana Leh Bein El-Eloub" (Why can't you choose from among lovers), and "Howa el dala'a ya'ani khessam" (Does daliance mean avoiding me?).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1918
    Age 0
    Born in 1918.
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