Famous Ladies of Arabic Films

Mariam Fakhr Eddine

Mariam Fakhr Eddine is an Egyptian actress and film and TV actress. She is known for her roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as Mystic River, Tokyo Kill Bill, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Brides of Dracula. She rose to stardom in the early nineties and has gone on to enjoy successes in both theatre and film. Before going into the acting business, she previously won the role of the glamorous Cate Blanchett in the movie adaptation of the novels of Alice Christie. Her other credits include Invictus, Cleopatra and Camelot.


After breaking into the acting business, Mariam Fakhr Eddine decided to pursue a different path in life. She married Egyptian actor Ahmed el-Hairy, and the two of them had a daughter, Lama. Mariam spent much of their time in New York, and in 1995 she gave birth to another daughter, Safa el DHamer. Although Safa was naturally born in Egypt, the couple had both come to believe that their relationship was real and not just a movie role. Mariam felt that it was important to give the young girl a name that would represent her gratitude towards her husband and Egypt.


On 8 January 1933, Mariam Fakhr Eddine gave birth to her first child, Lama. Although this was not mentioned in the original Arabic annal, it was mentioned later on in the Persian language’s Mahraz bamboo, translated by Yifat al Kahn. According to this version, Lama was born to Hala el-Din and Hala el-Zabol. Hala died shortly after giving birth while the infant was being cared for by Mariam and her sister Safa.


Mariam was married to Mohamad el-Din before her marriage to Ahmed el-Hairy. Hamed had been born in Syria, and her parents had been educators. Mariam met Hamed when they travelled to Cairo, where he was staying as a translator and teacher. After learning how to speak English fluently in addition to his eidetic knowledge, he became the only woman to be named as the new Egyptian ambassador to the British in Berlin, specializing in the education of children from the poorest families.


The late Ahmed el-Hairy was the chief minister of Luxor when Mariam was born. He became fond of Mariam, especially during the early years when she was known as the actress before pursuing a career in acting. When he announced that there was a vacancy for chief minister, she was named in his place. However, since her marriage to Hamed el Din before then, the law stated that the only woman permitted to become a chief minister was the wife of a previous leader of the country.


Mariam was also known as a singer, dancer, and actress before pursuing her career in the world of movies, theatre, and television. She was also an accomplished painter. Born in Alexandria Egypt, Mariam Fakhr Eddine grew up in poverty, going to the only public school in the city that was exclusively for girls.


Mariam Fakhr Eddine had a great childhood, and studied music in school and in the evenings took up dancing lessons. Later she gained a reputation for her beauty in the theater, where her costumes were so good that people even gave her the chance to play the part of a Nefertari (queen) in a famous Arabic play. She never took the role of a queen but the role of a princess became a very common occurrence in the later part of her career. Eventually she became a name very familiar to Egyptian viewers, as the star of at least three movies which enjoyed success both in domestic and international audiences.


She is best known for her role as the lead character, Yago, in the movie “Khalakha”. The movie depicts Yago as a young man who is a follower of a Caliph. The story revolves around the conflicts that Yago experiences as a result of being forced to marry an older woman and following an arranged marriage with her. The movie ended with Yago leading his army against the Caliph. It has been reported that Mariam Fakhr Eddine has made peace with her former co-star after the movie was completed but the exact circumstances are not known.

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