Today, Egyptian and Arab cinema is commemorating the 4th death anniversary of late iconic Egyptian actress Shadia who was born on November 28, 1931.
Born on 8 February 1931, Shadia made her debut in “Azhar Wa Ashwak” (Flowers and Thorns).
It’s been four years without the late legendary singer and actress, who had a screen career of about 50 years, enthralled everyone as a singer, actress, composer, dubbing artist, and also a filmmaker. Even though she lives through her uncountable songs every single moment, fans are remembering the veteran singer with their heavy hearts on his fourth death anniversary. Here are some interesting facts about the departed soul.
She was cited as one of Egypt’s soft power symbols and an original part of its artistic history, and her interest in music drove her into cinema.
Shadia ruled the cinema industry with her songs for six decades and bagged several awards. She also holds several records as a singer with her countable songs in various Arabic accents; she was the first receptionist of honorary doctorate of the Egyptian Academy of Arts. Moreover, she bagged the Cairo Festival Awards several times. The remarkable star had also recorded many songs in a short time and was a favorite for many composers.
The iconic director Mohamed Abdel-Gawad at the end of 1946 and the beginning of 1947 was looking for a new face with Egyptian and Turkish features to play the leading role in, (Flowers and Thorns), produced by Studio Misr.
In the same context, Abdel-Gawad chose her to sing in both Flowers and Thorns and The Tramp, replacing another star, Hekmat Fahmy, a famous bellydancer at the time.
After Shadia married the iconic actor Emad Hamdy, both paired in a group of successful movies.
She is well-known for her romantic films, such as (We Loved Each Other), (The Sun Has Glowed), (One Two), Ya Deblet El-Khutuba (The Engagement Ring), and Maksoufa (I Am Shy), Ahbek Wa Adahi fi Hobbek (I Love You and Sacrifice in My Loving You) and Meen Qallek Tuskun fi Haratna (Who Told You to Live in Our Neighbourhood).
Shadia is notable for joint collaborations and associations with legendary Egyptian like Mahmoud El-Sharif in Habeina Ba’dena (We Loved Each Other), Ahmed Sedki in Al-Shams Banit (The Sun Has Glowed), Mounir Mourad in Wahid Itnein (One Two), Ya Deblet El-Khutuba (The Engagement Ring), and Maksoufa (I Am Shy), Mohamed Abdel-Wahab in Ahbek wa Adahi fi Hobbek (I Love You and Sacrifice in My Loving You) and Mohamed El-Mougy in Meen qallek tuskun fi Haratna (Who Told You to Live in Our Neighbourhood).