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29 Nov 2017

Entertainment World Mourns as Popular Actress and Singer Dies

Egypt's iconic singer and actress Shadia has died at the age of 86 after spending few weeks in a hospital, state television reported on Tuesday.

Veteran Egyptian actress cum singer Shadia, dies at 86

The renowned Egyptian singer and actress Shadia dies at the age of 86.

Shadia took part in no less than 112 films, radio shows and drama plays, according to Al Arabiya English.

In honor of the artistic career of Shadia, Cairo International Film Festival dedicated its 39th edition to Shadia to celebrate her iconic contribution to the Egyptian cinema.

Fatima Shaker, known as Shadia, played an important role in shaping the Egyptian cinema bringing her own talent to the artistic scene. Shadia started her career in 1947 at the age of 16 years old.

She is known for her roles in many genres such as drama and comedy in the 1950s and 1960s.

She starred in El-Zouga El-Talatashar – or The Thirteenth Wife, al-Liss w al-Kilab – or The Thief and the Dogs, Meraty Modir Aam – translated as My Wife is a General Manager.

Some of her best-known songs are Wehyat Enek w Fadaha Enya – or For the Sake of Your Eyes, not mine, Ya Habibty ya Masr – or My Beloved Egypt, among many others.

Shadia is known for her memorable performance in the classic ‘Raya and Sakina’ where she performed alongside the Egyptian comedians Souhier El Babeli, Abdel Moneim Madbouly and Ahmad Bedair.

Shadia retired from acting in the year 1986.

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