New book celebrates Egypt’s famed actress Samiha Ayoub

Ahram Online , Sunday 6 Mar 2016

The book looks at Ayoub's rich life and examines her valuable contributions to theatre and film

Samiha Ayoub
Renowned Egyptian actress Samiha Ayoub. (Photo: Al-Ahram Weekly)

Titled The Charming Woman: A Vocation of Creativity, a new book celebrating the life of Egypt’s famed actress Samiha Ayoub is scheduled to be released Monday, 7 March.

Written in Arabic by journalist Sayed Mahmoud and published by the Writers and Critics Association, the book will be released during a ceremony, also organised by the association, to honour Ayoub.

The ceremony will be held at the Higher Council of Culture in the presence of Minister of Culture Helmy El-Namnam.

Also present at the ceremony will be Ahlam Younis, head of the Academy of Arts; Professor Amal El-Sabban, secretary- general of the Supreme Council for Culture, directors Mosaad Fouda and Omar Abd El-Aziz, and Ashraf Zaki, head of the Egyptian Actors' Syndicate, amongst others. 

The book is centred on Ayoub’s film career, with some of her most important films being Al-Motashareda, Shatea Al-Gharam Wal Wahsh, Bayn Al-Atlal, and most recently Teita Rahiba and El-Leila El-Kebira. The book also looks at Ayoub’s television career and examines articles written about the actress, as well as some of her TV interviews.

Ayoub is best known as a theatre actress with works including Al-Bakheel (The Miser), Kobry Al-Namoos (Mosquito Bridge) and Sikkat Al-Salama (The Right Way).

She was the director of Al-Qawmy Theatre and The Modern Theatre during the late 1970s.

In June 2015, Ayoub received the Nile Award in the Arts, claiming a gold medal and EGP 400,000, the largest prize of the State Awards granted to three people, with one going to the arts.

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