Renowned Egyptian actress Karima Mokhtar dies at 82

Mostafa Ali , Thursday 12 Jan 2017

The 'mother' figure in Egyptian cinema and theatre leaves behind performances many consider unforgettable

Karima Mokhtar
Renowned actress Karima Mokhtar (Photo:Al-Ahram)

Renowned Egyptian actress Karima Mokhtar dies at 82.

Mokhtar starred in dozens of popular films, plays and TV dramas over the course of more than half a century.

She was born in Assiut, Upper Egypt on 16 January 1934.

Mokhtar started her career in entertainment in the 1950s on the popular Egyptian children’s radio show Baba Sharou.

Her first role on the big screen came in the film Thaman Al-Horeya (The Price of Freedom, 1963).

Her convincing role as Zeinab, a mother of seven, in the highly successful film Al-Hafeed (The Grandson, 1974), opposite the late Nour El-Sharif and Mervat Amin, earned her popular acclaim.

She also starred in other important films including Amira Hobi Ana (Amira My Love, 1974), opposite Hussein Fahmi and the late Souad Hosni; Al-Shaytan Ya’ez (The Devil Preaches, 1981), opposite the late Farid Shawki; and more recently, Al-Farah (The Wedding, 2009), opposite Khaled El-Sawy.

Her role in the classic play El-Eyal Kebret (The Kids Have Grown Up, 1979) – where she played Zeinab, a wife dealing with a cheating husband while coping with four troublesome children – cemented her reputation as the ultimate mother character in the Egyptian art scene.

Her roles on TV included classic soap operas such as Yetraba Fi Ezo (May He Grow Up Prosperous, 2007) opposite Yehia El-Fakharany, and Bardis (1985) remain all time classics for TV viewers.

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