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Egyptian Diva, Golden Epoch Actress, Singer Shadia, Dies at 86

  • Associated Press

Picture from the 1950s shows popular Egyptian singer and actress Shadia, who after starring in 110 films and several musical plays since her debut in 1947, took the veil and gave up both singing and acting in the mid 1980s. Since then, Shadia, born in 1931 as Fatma Shaker, has only made a few public appearances on religious occasions.

Shadia, an Egyptian actress and singer who captivated millions for decades, has died. She was 86.

Born Fatimah Shaker but known throughout her career by her single stage name, Shadia suffered a stroke this month and later went into a coma. She died late on Tuesday.

Shadia has more than a 100 films to her name and hundreds of singles in a career that stretches back to the late 1940s.

People carry the coffin of Egyptian singer and actress Shadia, during her funeral procession, at the Sayeda Nafisa Mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.
People carry the coffin of Egyptian singer and actress Shadia, during her funeral procession, at the Sayeda Nafisa Mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.

Her film roles ranged from those depicting country girls, career women, to comical portrayals of emotionally disturbed women and hopeless romantics.

Her iconic songs have defined the entertainment scene for decades, mostly with hit singles in Egypt's distinctive vernacular Arabic.

Shadia lived in almost total seclusion after she retired more than two decades ago.

Her funeral is due later Wednesday.

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