Iconic Egyptian actress Shwikar, who inspired generations with many memorable parts in films, plays, television series and even songs, passed away on Friday.
Shwikar Ibrahim Toub Sakal was born in 1938, according to some sources, and discovered by director Fateen Abdul Wahab.
Her first roles were in tragedies, but as she began attracting the limelight she soon proved to also excel in comedy.
Alexandrian-born with Turkish roots, Shwikar shone in the 1960s, especially by pairing with legendary comedian Fouad El-Mohandes, whom she married.
Together they combined skilfulness and presence, with Shwikar’s vivacity and capacity for diversity a crucial part of the duo's enduring success.
Through a long career she proved exceptionally talented in comedy, drama, singing and dancing, featuring in dozens of films important to Egyptian cinema, like Viva Zalata, Akhtar Ragol Fel Aalam (“The World's Most Dangerous Man”), Al Aataba Gazaz, El-Karnak, and Shanabo Fel Masyada (“Shanabo in the Trap”), to name but a few.
In past decade, Shwikar's appearances were limited to few films and series such as Serr Aalany in 2012, Mariam's Woes in 2016, and Bent Men Shoubra in 2014.
Over the span of her career, Shwikar received several awards and honours from various artistic bodies, local and international festivals.
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