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Today Marks Zahrat El-Ola's 90th Birth Anniv.


Mon 10 Jun 2024 | 08:07 PM
Ahmed Emam

Today (June 10) marks the anniversary of the birth of the late iconic actor Zahrat El-Ola.

El-Ola is widely regarded as one of the most daring actresses of the 1950s and 1960s, and she is known as the first glamour girl of Egyptian Cinema.

The actress displayed her ethereal beauty and phenomenal charm in films like 'Gahim ul-ghayra' (1953), 'Ana elHarebb' (1963), 'Fi baitina rajul' (1961), and 'Mawad gharam' (1956). However, her fascinating life story is much more than flashy achievements and staggering box office statistics.

She was born in the city of El-Mahala in 1934 to a father who was a government employee and a mother of Turkish origin.

The late star is known for appearing in over 120 films and acting in over 50 series. While in school, she developed an interest in theater and made her public acting debut at a school concert.

The legendary actress enrolled in the Institute of Theater Arts at Alexandria University in the 1950s.

After graduation, she made her acting debut in the play "Children from Poor Families" (1954), alongside the actor and filmmaker Youssif Wahaby.

El-Ola embarked on her journey in the Egyptian film industry with the movie "Khadani Kalbi" (1944), directed by Salah Zul Fakar.

Her acting struck a chord with Egyptian audiences and won the hearts of many with her ravishingly gorgeous presence.

El-Ola was married twice in her life: first to Egyptian actor Salah Zulfikar, and then to Egyptian director Hassan el-Seify. Over three decades she had one daughter, the renowned director Manal el-Seify. Moreover, she is the famous Egyptian actor Ahmed Said Abdel Ghany’s aunt.

El-Ola is also known for joint collaborations and associations with legendary Egyptian actors like the late comedian Ismail Yassine, Abdel-Halim, and Farid Shawky.

In her last days, the star suffered a stroke, leaving her partially paralyzed and unable to walk and speak.

Unfortunately, she passed away in 2013, at the age of 79, following a battle with a long illness.