Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif is an Egyptian actor who has starred in Hollywood films including Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl. He has been nominated for an Academy Award and has won two Golden Globe Awards.
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The Quiet, Exquisite Intensity of 'The Band's Visit'
Huffington Post - about 2 months
By Christopher Caggiano, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, January 2, 2016 There's been some chatter online and in theatrical circles as to whether The Band's Visit, the intensely real and intimate new musical currently playing Off Broadway at the Linda Gross Theater at the Atlantic Theater Company, is actually a musical. Does it have enough songs? Are the songs sufficiently musical theater-like? Or is it really a play with music? My response to such questions is usually: Who cares? Is it any good? And The Band's Visit is good. It's more than good. It's exquisite. Librettist Itamar Moses and composer/lyricist David Yazbek have taken Elan Kolirin's small, touching 2007 film of the same name and created a small, touching show that's perfectly content with simply introducing us to two bands of real people and letting us get to know them as they get to know each other. The Band's Visit is ultimately about the simple but transformative power of human connection. The story concerns ...
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The Powerful Way Logo TV Is Censoring Itself On National Coming Out Day
Huffington Post - 5 months
Logo TV is set to honor National Coming Out Day... by going into the closet.  The television channel, which features LGBT-themed shows like “Cocktails and Classics” and “Finding Prince Charming,” will symbolically “censor” all of its queer-related content on National Coming Out Day, which is observed Oct. 11. The “censored” content will include digital pixelation, black bars and bleeped audio on any openly LGBT figures and messages, and will begin airing on the channel at 10 a.m. EST Tuesday during a scheduled marathon of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” (See what episodes of “Drag Race” will look like above)  The “Day of Disruption” effort, which is part of the network’s Global Ally initiative highlighting LGBT stories around the world, will also impact content on, its NewNowNext news site and Logo social channels, including Facebook and Twitter, through 9 p.m. The modified content will appear alongside facts about global LGBT issues as well as filmed appearances b ...
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Lawrence of Arabia wouldn’t have been surprised by the rise of Isis | Giles Fraser: Loose canon
Guardian (UK) - 11 months
TE Lawrence was always angry about the British betrayal of the Arabs in the Sykes-Picot agreement. A century on, the borders it established are falling apart It’s one of the best-known scenes in cinema history. Colonel TE Lawrence, all piercing blue eyes and billowing white robes, crouches behind a sand dune with an army of Arab Bedouin soldiers at his shoulder. The train approaches and Lawrence detonates the explosive, blowing it into the sand. Then, in one of those classic “come, follow me, men” moves, he leaps over the top of the dune, gesturing his Arab army to follow. It’s from David Lean’s 1962 Oscar-winning Lawrence of Arabia, starring Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif. The script is taken from Lawrence’s own written account, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which some have challenged as rather enhancing his role in the Arab revolt. Indeed, it has been suggested that he was simply a seconded explosives expert embedded within Arab forces in an advisory capacity. But archeologists from th ...
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Firming U.S. inflation keeps Fed rate hike on the table
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rising rents and healthcare costs lifted underlying U.S. consumer price inflation in January by the most in nearly 4-1/2 years, providing support for the view that the Federal Reserve could gradually raise interest rates this year as forecast. The Labor Department said on Friday its Consumer Price Index, excluding the volatile food and energy components, increased 0.3 percent last month, the biggest gain since August 2011, following a 0.2 percent rise in December. "This was a firm, broad-based rise in core inflation that should dispel the notion, evident in market-based measures of inflation compensation, that the economy can't generate any inflation," said Omair Sharif, rate sales strategist at SG Americas Securities in New York.
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From Media Personality to Multi-Media DIY Maven
Huffington Post - over 3 years
People come to Dubai for many reasons -- from work opportunities, to the beaches, to the multi-cultural atmosphere. Yet Dubai offers more -- from its burgeoning film industry, to diverse art galleries, to mixed-use workspaces, to a thriving culture of entrepreneurship. When Australian-born radio presenter Simone Heng moved to Dubai in 2009, she knew she was moving to a vibrant city, full of luxurious hotels and high-end retailers. What she didn't realize was that as an avid do-it-yourself (DIY) project enthusiast, she would inspire and connect a new generation of young makers. In 2009, Simone Heng was offered a job as an announcer for Virgin Radio and relocated to Dubai after four years hosting TV and radio across Asia and Australia. Simone has become a household name in Dubai, where she is often described as the Ryan Seacrest of the city for her work across both TV and radio and for her celebrity interviews, ranging from Leona Lewis to Omar Sharif. Simone has leveraged her media ...
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'This T-Shirt Alone Would Be Enough To Have Me Jailed'
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are less than six months away and the debate continues to rage on about whether allies of the LGBT community should boycott the Games because of Russia's oppressive ban on "gay propaganda." GLAAD spokesman Omar Sharif, Jr. talked with HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps about the law that he called "draconian" and "respressive." As an example of the law's harm, Sharif pointed to his T-shirt, which read "lesbian gay bisexual transgender pride." "This T-shirt alone would be enough to have me jailed, be enough to have me fined, to have me deported and to allow me to never come back if I was an athlete, a spectator or a member of the media," he said. Questions of a boycott have sparked controversy around the world. President Obama has said he does not support a boycott. Blake Skjellerup, an openly gay Olympic speed skater from New Zealand, told HuffPost Live earlier this month that he also opposes the idea of a boycott and would prefer to make a stat ...
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John Farr: Dressing Up: The 10 Best Period Costume Movies
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
One of the singular joys of living in New York City is The Metropolitan Museum of Art, conveniently situated right across the Park from us. I was reminded of this on Wednesday when I attended their "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity" exhibition. Combining artwork and costumes, it showed how the finest French impressionist painters of the late-19th century were celebrating Paris as the epicenter of style and fashion in their work, by painting not just glorious gardens and vistas, but the colorful, elaborate outfits worn by the city's most prominent women. Admittedly, I'm a sucker for the Impressionists. Were I Bill Gates, I'd be snapping up any Monet or Renoir I could lay my hands on. And though you won't see me at any "Fashion Week" events, I also love and revere timeless fashion and style, by which I mean: a) Clean styles, cuts and color sense that worked in 1930, and will work in 2030. b) Fashions from the past -- say, two centuries (I'm less inter ...
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Why Does Satan Need To Be Dark-Skinned?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) When some people recently started questioning whether the Satan character on "The Bible" miniseries resembled President Obama, others posed a broader question: Why does Satan need to be dark-skinned at all? Religious experts and historians say the controversy points to a centuries-old tradition where dark is bad, light is good. "It's just part and parcel of the stereotyping and the encoding of dark and black, particularly of African descent, as negative in American popular culture," said the Rev. Paula Matabane, an African Methodist Episcopal minister and associate professor of television and film at Howard University. Scott Poole, author of "Satan in America: The Devil We Know," says the linking of Satan and race predates American history. European folklore described Satan as a black man, and the Puritans imported these notions, and raised them during the Salem witch trials of the 1690s. "That's an idea that th ...
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Americans' Debt Hits 29 Year Low
Huffington Post - about 4 years
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) - A measure of the burden of U.S. household debt tumbled in the third quarter to its lowest level in 29 years, which should help free up money for consumer spending and support the economy. The household debt service ratio -- an estimate of the share of debt payments to disposable personal income -- fell to 10.61 percent from 10.72 percent in the second quarter, the Federal Reserve said on Thursday. It was the lowest level since the fourth quarter of 1983. "Consumers have more money in their pockets to spend, which should be positive for the economic recovery going forward," said Gennadiy Goldberg, an economist at TD Securities in New York. U.S. households built up a massive debt load as the housing bubble expanded and efforts to pay down those debts have been a restraint on spending and the economy's recovery. The debt ser ...
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Ailing Omar Sharif talks about 'Lawrence of Arabia' DVD
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
Omar Sharif, a dashing romantic figure who co-starred in two film classics, Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, is tired and finished. He is no longer willing to fight against the dying of the light. He is ready to die.
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John Oseid: PHOTOS: In Search Of The Real Lawrence Of Arabia
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Nearly a century ago, T.E. Lawrence made a name for himself with his cunning exploits in the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks. Five decades ago an unknown actor named Peter O'Toole turned the British scholar/ur-guerilla into an icon. This week, fans of Lawrence of Arabia celebrate the release of the 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition, a digitally-restored, Blu-ray mega-package of David Lean's seven-time Oscar-winning bio-pic. If unraveling fact from fiction has never been easy in Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence's sprawling memoir of his time as advisor to the Hashemite Prince Faisal (Alec Guinness), it's good fun spotting liberties in Lean's spectacular 70mm Super Panavision epic (to wit, Faisal didn't just lead the exotic, robed Bedouin horsemen of movie lore, but actual troops). Lawrence buffs can take the authenticity game all the way to Jordan, as I did recently, and trace Lawrence's tracks literally right down to the rail lines that he routinely sabotaged in h ...
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Naming of parks
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
KARACHI: The decision by the Sindh government to name a park near the Bilawal House Chowrangi and Ziauddin Hospital in Clifton, Karachi after the famous TV and stage artist Umar Sharif is a laudable one. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad inaugurated this park on October 10, 2012. This is a very respectable way of recognising Mr Sharif’s ability to make the people of Pakistan laugh and be happy in these difficult times for the nation. There is a need to recognise the contribution of our artists and accord them the respect they deserve. (Ex-Senator) Mrs Tanvir Khalid Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2012.
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50 years later, Sharif marvels that 'Lawrence of Arabia' was made at all
Bradenton - over 4 years
ORLANDO, Fla. - Here's what Omar Sharif, then a young actor who had only worked in Egypt, thought when the offer of a co-starring role in "Lawrence of Arabia" came… Click to Continue »
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Lawrence of Arabia reissue to screen at local cinema houses....
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
It's now been 50 years since "Lawrence of Arabia" hit the movie theaters, and its only fitting that this cinematic classic get its due with the release of a new digitally restored print. The screening of the film will take place on Oct. 4 when distributor NCM Fathom screens the film at nine cinema houses in the Sacramento region (participating theaters, below). Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1962, "Lawrence of Arabia" is considered the greatest achievement in the career of legendary director David Lean... as well as the film that put actor Peter O'Toole on the map. The film is a cinematic adaptation of the life of T.E. Lawrence, an idealistic British officer in WWI who is assigned to the camp of Prince Feisal, an Arab tribal chieftain and leader in a revolt against the Turks. In a series of brilliant tactical maneuvers, Lawrence leads 50 of Feisal's men in a tortured three-week crossing of the Nefud Desert to attack the strate ...
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70s’ favourite comedian Lehri fights for his life
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
KARACHI:  Eighty-three-year-old Safeerullah Siddiqui, popularly known as Lollywood’s golden-age comedian Lehri, is fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Liaquat National Hospital, where he has been admitted in critical condition for the last 12 days. His health “doesn’t seem to be improving”, said his son-in-law Asad Mehboob, sitting by Lehri’s hospital bed. “The doctors say that he is suffering from acute chest congestion and had water in his lungs which had to be immediately pumped out,” Mehboob said about his father-in-law’s condition. “His health was just not improving so three days ago we had to take the decision of putting him on the ventilator. Sadly, his blood pressure has still not stabilised.” While talking about his father-in-law’s deteriorating health condition, Mehboob said, “He has been ill for some time now.” He said that Lehri’s first phase of ill health hit during Ramazan, and that he was subsequently ad ...
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Rym Tina Ghazal: The Other Marilyn Monroe
Huffington Post - over 4 years
America had Marilyn Monroe, Europe had Brigitte Bardot, and the Arab world had Hind Rostom. She was a screen sex goddess from a golden era of Egyptian cinema, one whose talent and presence was captured in both glamours black-and-white and glorious technicolor. She was the Arab world's once most desired woman, 'the Marilyn Monroe of the Middle East,' and like Marilyn, she also died in August. So as the world commemorates Marilyn's 50th anniversary since her passing on August 5, the Arab world remembers Hind Rostom this month on her first anniversary. The film star died on August 8, 2011, at a Cairo hospital in Egypt from a sudden heart attack. For those who didn't know her, she was the poster girl of the Arab world, a mix between Rita Hayward and Marilyn. Of aristocratic Turkish & Arab roots, Rostom was born on November 11, 1931 in Alexandria as Nariman Hussein Murad (almost similar to Marilyn's real first name, Norma Jean) Beautiful with a full vo ...
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10 movies to counteract the summer heat Blogs - over 4 years
"Rear Window" From Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman. 10 movies to counteract the summer heat If the record-setting temperatures have you holed up and hoping the air conditioning holds out, pass the time with these DVD selections In case you haven’t noticed — and how could you not? — it’s been a bit on the sweltering side in Oklahoma lately. Sure, August in the Sooner State is usually obnoxiously hot, but the weather has been "Lawrence of Arabia" downright ridiculous lately. And there’s not much you can do when it’s 113 degrees outside except hole up somewhere inside and hope the air conditioning doesn’t fail you. If you’re stuck indoors waiting out the record-setting heat wave, you might as well pass the time with an appropriately atmospheric movie. Here are 10 DVD recommendations that might make the summer heat seem a bit more bearable: 1. “Rear Window” (1954): In Alfred Hitchcock’s masterful thriller, Jimmy Stewart plays a photographer laid up wi ...
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Reliving the grandeur of 'Lawrence of Arabia'
LATimes - over 4 years
The Oscar-winning film, directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif, is screening at Samuel Goldwyn Theater. At one point during the arduous filming of David Lean's 1962 Oscar-winning historical epic "Lawrence of Arabia," production shut down for three months. Screenwriter Robert Bolt needed the time to finish the script on the complex tale of T.E. Lawrence, the young British intelligence officer in Cairo who helped the Arabs break up the Ottoman Empire.
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Omar Sharif Denies Rumor That He Converted To Judaism
Arts Journal - over 4 years
"On Monday the Arab news website Albawaba reported that the Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia actor Omar Sharif had converted to a kabbalistic sect of Judaism. Today a contradictory news report has emerged with Omar Sharif's spokeswoman flatly denying that he has switched religions." The Algemeiner 07/10/12
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14 Gifs For Barbra Streisand's 70th Birthday
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Barbra Streisand turns 70 today. The singer and actress has two Academy Awards, five Emmys, eight Grammys, a Special Tony and a Peabody. And today, she has 14 GIFs. HuffPost Entertainment searched high and low for a gift for the woman who has it all, and nothing seemed suitable. Instead, we combed the internet for animated photos of Babs throughout her storied career. You can see the gifs in the slideshow below -- be sure to vote for your favorite. But first, some highlights from 70 extremely well spent years. Streisand was born in in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York (believe the hype!). She went on to record an astounding 33 studio albums and appeared in 20 films. She has been featured on 47 soundtracks. Her career branched into politics and philanthropy. She reportedly earned a spot on Nixon's Enemies List and has raised over $25 million for charitable organizations through her live performances. She's perhaps still best remembered for her turn in "Funny Girl." ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Omar Sharif
  • 2015
    Age 82
    On 12 July 2015, Sharif's funeral was held at the Grand Mosque of Mushir Tantawi in eastern Cairo.
    More Details Hide Details The funeral was attended by a group of Sharif's relatives, friends and Egyptian actors, his casket draped in the Egyptian flag and a black shroud. His coffin was later taken to the El-Sayeda Nafisa cemetery in southern Cairo, where he was buried. In November 2005, Sharif was awarded the inaugural Sergei Eisenstein Medal by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in recognition of his significant contributions to world film and cultural diversity. The medal, which is awarded very infrequently, is named after Russian director Sergei Eisenstein. Only 25 have been struck, as determined by the agreement between UNESCO, Russia's Mosfilm and the Vivat Foundation.
    In May 2015 it was reported that Sharif was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
    More Details Hide Details His son Tarek Sharif said that his father was becoming confused when remembering some of the biggest films of his career; he would mix up the names of his best-known films, Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, often forgetting where they were filmed.
  • 2010
    Age 77
    Sharif was given an honorary degree by the University of Hull in 2010 and he used the occasion to meet Hull City football player Ken Wagstaff.
    More Details Hide Details Sharif also had an interest in horse racing spanning more than 50 years. He had a long friendship with racehorse trainer David Smaga and Sharif was often seen at French racecourses, with Deauville-La Touques Racecourse being his favourite. Sharif's horses won a number of important races and he had his best successes with Don Bosco, who won the Prix Gontaut-Biron, Prix Perth and Prix du Muguet. He also wrote for a French horse racing magazine. In later life, Sharif lived mostly in Cairo with his family. In addition to his son, he had two grandsons, Omar (born 1983 in Montreal) and Karim. The younger Omar Sharif is also an actor.
  • 2008
    Age 75
    Actor and friend Tom Courtenay revealed in an interview for the July 19, 2008 edition of BBC Radio's Test Match Special that Sharif supported Hull City Association Football Club and in the 1970s he would telephone their automated scoreline from his home in Paris for score updates.
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  • 1992
    Age 59
    Sharif had a triple heart bypass in 1992 and suffered a mild heart attack in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Until his bypass, Sharif smoked 100 cigarettes a day. He quit smoking after the operation.
    He was also both author and co-author of several books on bridge and licensed his name to a bridge video game; initially released in an MS-DOS version and Amiga version in 1992, Omar Sharif on Bridge is still sold in Windows and mobile platform versions.
    More Details Hide Details Computer Gaming World in 1992 described the game as "easy to get into, challenging to play and well-designed", and named it one of the year's best strategy games. In 1993 the magazine stated that "it does not play a very good game of bridge", however, and criticized it for inadequate documentation and forcing players to conform to its bidding style. The magazine recommended two other bridge games instead. Sharif was a regular in casinos in France.
  • 1984
    Age 51
    Sharif also contributed comic cameo performances in Edwards' The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) and in the 1984 spy-film spoof Top Secret!
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, he received acclaim for his leading role in Monsieur Ibrahim, a French-language film adaptation of the novel Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran, as a Muslim Turkish merchant who becomes a father figure for a Jewish boy. For this performance, Sharif received the César Award for Best Actor. Sharif's later film roles included performances in Hidalgo (2004) and Rock the Casbah (2013). Sharif's final role was as lead actor in the short science education film 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham, which was directed by Ahmed Salim for 1001 Inventions, and was released as part of the United Nations' International Year of Light campaign, operated by UNESCO. Sharif once ranked among the world's top 50 contract bridge players, and played in an exhibition match before the Shah of Iran. With Charles Goren, Sharif co-wrote a syndicated newspaper bridge column for the Chicago Tribune for several years, but mostly turned over the writing of the column to Tannah Hirsch.
  • 1975
    Age 42
    Sharif reprised the role in the film's sequel, Funny Lady in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Among Sharif's other films were the western Mackenna's Gold (1969), playing an outlaw opposite Gregory Peck; the thriller Juggernaut (1974), which co-starred Richard Harris, and the romantic drama The Tamarind Seed (1974), co-starring Julie Andrews, and directed by Blake Edwards.
  • 1966
    Age 33
    The couple separated in 1966 and their marriage ended in divorce in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Sharif never remarried; he stated that after his divorce he never fell in love with another woman again. The Nasser government imposed travel restrictions in the form of "exit visas", so Sharif's travel to take part in international films was sometimes impeded, something he found to be intolerable. These restrictions influenced Sharif's decision to remain in Europe between his film shoots, a decision that cost him his marriage to Faten Hamama, though they remained friends. It was a major crossroads in Sharif's life and changed him from an established family man to a committed bachelor living in European hotels. When commenting about his fame and life in Hollywood, Sharif said, "It gave me glory, but it gave me loneliness also. And a lot of missing my own land, my own people and my own country". When Sharif's affair with Barbra Streisand was made public in the Egyptian press, his Egyptian citizenship was almost withdrawn by the Egyptian government because of Streisand's Jewish descent and vocal support of Israel, which was then in a state of war with Egypt. Sharif became friends with Peter O'Toole during the making of Lawrence of Arabia. They appeared in several other films together and remained close friends. He was also good friends with Egyptologist Zahi Hawass.
  • 1965
    Age 32
    In 1965, Sharif reunited with Lean in order to play the title role in the epic love story Doctor Zhivago (1965), an adaptation of Boris Pasternak's 1957 novel, which was banned in the USSR for 30 years.
    More Details Hide Details Set during World War I and the Russian Revolution, Sharif played the role of Yuri Zhivago, a poet and physician. Film historian Constantine Santas explained that Lean intended the film to be a poetic portrayal of the period, with large vistas of landscapes combined with a powerful score by Maurice Jarre. He notes that Sharif's role is "passive", his eyes reflecting "reality" which then become "the mirror of reality we ourselves see". In a commentary on the DVD (2001 edition), Sharif described Lean's style of directing as similar to a general commanding an army. For his performance, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, while the film received ten Academy Award nominations, but Sharif was not nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Sharif was also acclaimed for his portrayal of Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl (1968). He portrayed the husband of Fanny Brice, played by Barbra Streisand in her first film role. His decision to work alongside Streisand angered Egypt's government because she was Jewish, and the country condemned the film. It was also "immediately banned" in numerous Arab nations. Streisand herself jokingly responded, "You think Cairo was upset? You should've seen the letter I got from my Aunt Rose!". Sharif and Streisand became romantically involved during the filming. He admitted later that he did not find Streisand attractive at first, but her appeal soon overwhelmed him: "About a week from the moment I met her", he recalled, "I was madly in love with her.
  • 1962
    Age 29
    Sharif's first English-language role was that of Sherif Ali in David Lean's historical epic Lawrence of Arabia in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details This performance earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, as well as a shared Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor. Casting Sharif in what is now considered one of the "most demanding supporting roles in Hollywood history", was both complex and risky, as he was virtually unknown at the time outside of Egypt. However, as historian Steven Charles Caton notes, Lean insisted on using ethnic actors when possible to make the film authentic. Sharif would later use his ambiguous ethnicity in other films which enhanced his career: "I spoke French, Greek, Italian, Spanish and even Arabic", he said. Furthermore, as Sharif notes, his accent enabled him to "play the role of a foreigner without anyone knowing exactly where I came from", which he stated proved highly successful throughout his career.
  • 1958
    Age 25
    He quickly rose to stardom, appearing in Egyptian productions, including La Anam ("Sleepless") in 1958, Sayyidat al-Qasr ("Lady of the Palace") in 1959 and the Anna Karenina adaptation Nahr el hub ("The River of Love") in 1961.
    More Details Hide Details He and his wife, Egyptian actress Faten Hamama, also starred together in several movies as romantic leads.
  • 1954
    Age 21
    In 1954, Sharif began his acting career in his native Egypt with a role in Shaytan Al-Sahra ("Devil of the Desert").
    More Details Hide Details In the same year he appeared in Sira` Fi al-Wadi ("Struggle in the Valley").
  • 1952
    Age 19
    His mother, Claire Saada, was a noted society hostess, and Egypt's King Farouk was a regular visitor prior to his deposition in 1952.
    More Details Hide Details In his youth, Sharif studied at Victoria College, Cairo, where he showed a talent for languages. He later graduated from Cairo University with a degree in mathematics and physics. He then worked for a while in his father's precious wood business before studying acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In 1955, Sharif changed his name and converted to Islam in order to marry fellow Egyptian actress Faten Hamama.
  • 1932
    Sharif lived in his native Egypt from his birth in 1932 until he moved to Europe in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details He recounted that in 1932, his father "wasn't a wealthy man", but "earned quite a bit of money". Before the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, King Farouk frequented Sharif's family home, and became a friend and card-game partner of Sharif's mother. His mother was an elegant and charming hostess who was all too delighted with the association because it gave her the privilege of "consorting only with the elite" of Egyptian society. Sharif also recounted that his father's timber business was very successful during that time, in ways that Sharif describes as dishonest or immoral. By contrast, after 1952, Sharif stated that wealth changed hands in Egypt, under Nasser's nationalisation policies. His father's business "took a beating". In 1954 Sharif starred in the film Struggle in the Valley opposite Faten Hamama, who shared a kiss with him, although she had previously refused to kiss on screen. The two fell in love; Sharif converted to Islam and married her. They had one son, Tarek Sharif, born in 1957 in Egypt, who appeared in Doctor Zhivago as Yuri at the age of eight.
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