Omar Sharif

Egyptian actor 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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10 July 2015
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The Quiet, Exquisite Intensity of 'The Band's Visit'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 concern...
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The Powerful Way Logo TV Is Censoring Itself On National Coming Out Day
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 ...
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Lawrence of Arabia wouldn’t have been surprised by the rise of Isis | Giles Fraser: Loose canon
Guardian (UK) - almost 2 years
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 t...
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Firming U.S. inflation keeps Fed rate hike on the table
Yahoo News - about 2 years
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 4 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 4 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 sta...
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John Farr: Dressing Up: The 10 Best Period Costume Movies
Huffington Post - almost 5 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 inte...
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Why Does Satan Need To Be Dark-Skinned?
Huffington Post - almost 5 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 t...
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Americans' Debt Hits 29 Year Low
Huffington Post - about 5 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 se...
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Ailing Omar Sharif talks about 'Lawrence of Arabia' DVD
Calgary Sun - about 5 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 5 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 ...
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Naming of parks
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 5 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 5 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 5 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 strat...
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70s’ favourite comedian Lehri fights for his life
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 5 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 a...
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Rym Tina Ghazal: The Other Marilyn Monroe
Huffington Post - over 5 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 v...
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10 movies to counteract the summer heat Blogs - over 5 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 w...
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Reliving the grandeur of 'Lawrence of Arabia'
LATimes - over 5 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 5 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 6 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.
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    In May 2015 it was reported that Sharif was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 1992
    Age 59
    Sharif had a triple heart bypass in 1992 and suffered a mild heart attack in 1994.
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    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.
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  • 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!
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  • 1975
    Age 42
    Sharif reprised the role in the film's sequel, Funny Lady in 1975.
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  • 1966
    Age 33
    The couple separated in 1966 and their marriage ended in divorce in 1974.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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").
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  • 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.
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  • 1932
    Sharif lived in his native Egypt from his birth in 1932 until he moved to Europe in 1965.
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