Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari
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Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari

Princess + Second + Queen Consort
Female
Born Jun 22, 1932
Hometown Isfahan
Died Oct 26, 2001
Death Place Paris
Religion Muslim
Height 5' 4" (164 cm)
Nationality Iranian

Princess Soraya of Iran was the second wife and Queen Consort of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the late Shah of Iran.

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CHILDHOOD

1932 Birth She was born in the English Missionary Hospital in Isfahan on 22 June 1932. … Read More

TEENAGE

1948 16 Years Old In 1948, Soraya was introduced to the recently divorced Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, by Forough Zafar Bakhtiari, a close relative of Soraya's, via a photograph taken by Goodarz Bakhtiary, in London, per Forough Zafar's request. … Read More
1951 19 Years Old Soraya married the Shah at Golestan Palace in Tehran on 12 February 1951; originally, the couple had planned to wed on 27 December 1950, but the ceremony had to be postponed due to the bride being ill. … Read More

TWENTIES

Though the wedding took place during a heavy snow, deemed a good omen, the imperial couple's marriage had disintegrated by early 1958 owing to Soraya's apparent infertility, for which she had sought treatment in Switzerland and France, and the Shah's suggestion that he take a second wife in order to produce an heir.

THIRTIES

1965 33 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Instead, she starred in the 1965 movie I tre volti (The Three Faces) and became the companion of its Italian director, Franco Indovina (1932–72).

FIFTIES

1991 59 Years Old After Indovina's death in a plane crash, she spent the remainder of her life in Europe, succumbing to depression, which she outlined in her 1991 memoir, Le Palais Des Solitudes (The Palace of Loneliness). … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2001 69 Years Old 1 More Event
The newspaper also published an article in 2001 which suggested, without proof, that Princess Soraya and her brother had been murdered. … Read More
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