name is Faten Ahmed Hamama, the star of the century, one of the most important
actresses in the history of Egyptian and Arab cinema.
Faten Hamama was born in 1931 in Cairo, she started her film career at the early
age of 9 when she auditioned for the movie "Yom Sa'ed" (Happy Day),
and won the part that was her very first appearance on the silver screen opposite
the great Egyptian composer, Mohamed Abdel Wahab in 1940.
Four years later Hamama
returned to the screen at the age of 13 to play a role, once again opposite
Abdel Wahab in the movie
"Rosasa Fel Kalb" (A Bullet In The Heart), and
then on, she continued her journey of fame, which hasn't really stopped until
most important phase of her acting career was from the mid 1950s
until the end of the 1970s where she made her most prominent and memorable roles
in movies that include: "Ayamna el Helwa" (Our Good Days) in 1955,
"Sayedat El Kasr" (Queen of the Castle) in 1958, "Doaa El Karawan"
(Prayers of a Nightingale) in 1959, "Nahr El Hob" (River of Love)
in 1960, "Hekayet El Omr Kolo" (The Story of a Lifetime) in 1965,
"Embratoreyet Meem" (The 'M' Empire) in 1972, "Oreedo Halan"
(I Want a Solution) in 1977.
Hamama got married three times in her life; her first husband was the Egyptian
director Ezz El Din Zo El Fokkar, with whom she had a daughter, Nadia. Later
on she married the international star Omar El Sherif, and had a son, Tarek.
Hamama is currently married to a Doctor, Mohamed Abdel Wahab.
Hamama received many awards
in more than one festival; the most outstanding prize was a 'Best Actress' Award
for her performance in "Afwah Wa Araneb" (Mouths and Rabbits) in the
Tehran Film Festival in 1977. And finally she earned the title of 'Star of the
Century' from The Cairo International Film Festival in 2001.
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