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Rest in Peace, Fairouz Arteen Kalevan


Translated By Priscilla Adum




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Rest in peace Fairouz Arteen Kalevan. The very famous Egyptian child star died in Cairo on January 30, 2016 at age 73 after a long battle with illness.

An article in Arabic about her passing appeared at this link. Unfortunately, the original web page is no longer online. A translation of part of it appears below.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: This is a still image of a scene from one of Fairouz's most popular movies, Yasmin.




The Miracle Child of Egyptian Cinema

The Egyptian Fairouz was the most famous little girl in Egyptian and Arabic-language films, and she was the sister of actress Nelly. She died on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the age of 73 after a long battle with illness.

Fairouz left behind 10 films made during a span of 10 of her childhood years which delighted Egyptians and Arabs. The most famous of her roles were Fairouz Hanem, Dahab, and Katkouta.

Father Peter Daniel, president of the Catholic Film Center, and actor Ehab Fahmi, member of the Actor's Guild council, announced her death on Saturday morning after her health had deteriorated. She had been on a respirator and was suffering from liver and kidney failure. The artist Lebleba, cousin of Fairouz, had stated earlier Saturday that Fairouz was in intensive care in a Cairo hospital after her health had suffered a decline. Lebleba also pointed out that visitors were not allowed by order of her doctors.

Fairouz was famous for her films with the late actor Anwar Wagdi. She had retired from acting many years ago. She was the most important child actor in the history of Egyptian arts and was nicknamed "the miracle child of Egyptian cinema". King Farouk who attended her first performance at the El Auberge nightclub was so impressed that he gave her a 50 pound prize.

During her work with Ismail Yassin's troupe, she met her husband, the late artist Badr Eddin Gamgoum whom she married shortly after her retirement. The couple had two children, Ayman and Eman. They were married for more than 30 years until his death in 1992.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: Fairouz appears in a still image from a scene in her movie Yasmin.




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About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 




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