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Google celebrates 90th birthday of late Egyptian actress Shadia with a doodle

Shadia was one of the most prominent film stars of her generation. Her career spans from the 1950s all the way to the 80s, appearing in over 112 films, 10 radio serials, and one play

Ahram Online , Monday 8 Feb 2021
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Google Middle East marked the 90th anniversary of the birth of late Egyptian actress Shadia with a special doodle on Monday.

The doodle was created by guest artist Ahmad Thabit.

Shadia was born in Cairo's Abdeen district on 8 February 1931 as Fatima Ahmed Kamal Shaker. She was reportedly given the screen name Shadia by director Helmy Rafla.

She became one of the most prominent film stars of her generation. Her career spans from the 1950s all the way to the 80s, appearing in over 112 films, 10 radio serials, and one play.

Known for roles in light comedy and drama, many of the films in which Shadia starred are considered classics, including Al-Zouga Al-Talattashar (The Thirteenth Wife, 1962), Shea' Min Al-Khouf (A Bit of Fear, 1969), Al-Liss Wal Kilab (The Thief and the Dogs, 1962), and Meraty Modir Am (My Wife is a General Manager, 1966).

She worked alongside top actors, including Mohamed Fawzy, Anwar Wagdy, Kamal El-Shennawy, Emad Hamdy - who was also her first husband - and Salah Zulfikar, her third and last husband, to whom she was married between 1967 and 1969.

In many films, she sang opposite stars Farid Al-Atrache and Abdel-Halim Hafez, appearing alongside the latter in a famous performance in The People’s Idol (1967) by director Helmy Rafla.

Some of her best-known songs include Al-Qalb Yeheb Marrah (The Heart Loves Once), Shebbakna Satayro Harir (Our Window’s Curtains are Silk), Akwa Men Al-Zaman (Stronger than Time), and Al-Watan Al-Akbar (The Greatest Homeland) alongside her contemporaries Abdel-Halim Hafez, Sabah, Warda, Nagat El-Sagheera, and Faiza Kamel.

Shadia died on 28 November 2017 in Cairo.

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