More than three weeks ago, Mariam Fakhr El dine passed away. A 50s and 60s legendary actress and one of the most graceful beauties of all times. Reason why I’m dedicating this post for her not only in her honor her but also to give you a brief hint about the history of the Egyptian cinema. Mariam is not the only classically regal actress, but there were many others who were equally charming actresses and actors and who have had some influential roles in the Egyptian Cinema. However, this princess-like actress is the one who passed away most recently and I’ll consider her unfortunate death fortune to me because I get to report her history. Truth is, it is such an honor to have a post exclusively dedicated to such an allegorical icon.
Here, I prepared a couple of photos of Mariam Fakhr El dine, just as a moderate tribute and to give you a glimpse of her history.
Mariam Fakhr El dine was born on January 8, 1933 in Faiyum, Egypt as Mariam Mohamed Fakhr El Din
She was an actress, known for Rudda kalbi (1958), Nour el lail (1959) and Souq al-harim (1970)
Her father was an Egyptian born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and her mother from Hungary.
She was the sister of Youssef Fakhr El dine. Another highly known actor at that time, who as she confessed, chose the acting career because of her.
Her first husband was Egyptian actor and famous film director Mahmoud Zulfikar with whom she had a child.
After divorcing, she married the Syrian singer Fahd Ballan who began his acting career after marrying the late actress.
Fakhr El dine studied at DSB, Die Deutsche Schule der Borromäerinnen in Kairo, the oldest German school in Cairo
she spoke fluent Arabic, Hungarian, German, English, French and Italian.
After earning German education she began her career as actress purely by chance as her beauty drew the attention of many before later demonstrating her talent.
After winning the title of “the most beautiful face” for her European features and appearing in the French magazine ‘Images’, Mariam started to dedicate her life to acting.
Her first film was the 1951 ‘A Night of Love’ which, like most of her movies, was of the romantic genres of the fifties and sixties.
She was named The Princess of Romance
Mariam Fakhr El dine with the renowned Abdel Halim Hafez in Hekayet Hob (Love Story)
She was commonly know for her extreme delicacy and charming attitude.
Fakhr El dine in Ranet Kholhal (Ringing of Anklet)
Plenty of the well-know actors at that time wanted to marry her, including the “Don Juan” Rogdy Abaza.
Although Mariam might seem liberal to many, she had always respected the social, religious and traditional limits for her as a woman.
She acted over 40 movies
Mariam Fakhr El Dine passed away in November 3, 2014 in Cairo, Egypt, leaving behind a collection of movies, images and memories of her grace.