Today marks the birth anniversary of the 81st late remarkable actress Karim Mokhtar, who is one of the most kind and finest actresses Arab audiences have ever seen, both in Egypt’s theater and cinema.
Born on January 16, 1934, in Cairo, Egypt, she earned her degree from Theater Arts Institute, where she studied acting.
Mokhtar was married to renowned Egypt’s director Nour El-Demrdash and had four sons, Ahmed, Heba, Sherif, and Moataz, who is a notable media anchor.
She made her career debut in the Radio children’s program “Baba Sharou”, as a young presenter and then get into acting in the late 1950s.
The remarkable actress made her breakthrough in the highly successful film ‘El-Hafeed’ (The Grandson, 1974) with the late Nour El-Sharif and Mervat Amin, in which she played Zeinab.
Thereafter, the iconic actress became one of the Egyptian and Arab world’s top female stars for much of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s in the heydays of Egyptian cinema and drama.
Mokhtar is well known for her seminal works, such as “The Grandson”, The Price of Freedom, The Kids Have Grown Up, and ‘Thaman El-Horeya’ (The Price of Freedom).
While portraying “the mother” and the humble woman characters, the maven Egyptian star did not shy away from dramatic and psychological roles.
In the 1996’s, she shifted her career to television, starring in series like The Vergine Paradise, and the Heroes.
The iconic actress, who is best known for playing “Mama Nona” in the “Hamda Ezzo”, passed away on 12 January 2017.
According to critics, many feel that she managed to add depth to the character of iconic Mama Nona, which was no mean feat.
Mokhtar was the recipient of numerous awards and nominations for excellence throughout her successful career, including an award from critics for her role in “Wa Mada Qattar al-‘Umr” (“The Train of Time Has Passed”), and the iconic award of Cairo Cinema Festival.