Kariman, actress of the Egyptian golden age, dies at 86

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Sep 2023

Egyptian actress Kariman Mohamed Salem - known as Kariman - died in the late hours of Tuesday. The prayers and funeral were held in Cairo on Wednesday.


Kariman was born on 18 December 1936 in Cairo to a father of Lebanese roots and an Egyptian-Turkish mother. 

She started acting in school theatre, including plays such as Ceasar and Cleopatra.

As a young girl, she also participated in a famed radio show of the 1950s and 1960s led by Baba Sharo (renowned radio figure Mohamed Mahmoud Shaaban).

One of the most talented actresses during the golden age of Egyptian cinema, Kariman first appeared in numerous small roles, gaining recognition from viewers in the 1950s. She became famous for her role in the movie Shabab El-Youm (Youth of Today) in 1958. 

Kariman carved out a successful career in the 1960s, appearing in numerous films, often in leading roles. The well-known films featuring Kariman include El-Fanous El-Sehri (The Magic Lamp, 1960), Meraty Modeer Aam (My Wife is a General Manager, 1966), and Nora (1967).

Despite a successful career that spanned 12 years, Kariman stepped away from the limelight once she got married, dedicating herself to her home and family.

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