Legendary Egyptian actress
Hind Rustom has passed away hours after she was admitted to an Intensive Care
Unit (ICU) at one of the hospitals in Cairo. Hind had encountered a sudden
heart attack that took her life at the age of 82.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Hind is considered to
be one of the most important figures in the history of Egyptian and Arab cinema.
Hind’s first acting appearance was in the film “Ghazal Al Banat” (Girly
flirtations) , after which she began working with some of the most noted
directors in the history of Egyptian cinema like Hassan Al Imam, Barak, Yousif
Shaheen and many others.
Hind was born in 1929
in Alexandria Egypt to a father of Turkish origin and an Egyptian mother. Her first
appearance was in 1949 through the song “Itmakhtari ya Khayl” (Walk Horse),
which she was singing in the scenes of the film “Ghazal Al Banat” that starred
the late actress Layla Murad and Yousif Wahbi. Hind had played a secondary role
in the film and most of the roles that had followed were small ones until she
met director Hassan Rida, whom she married and had her daughter Basant from. After
Hassan came into her life, her journey to stardom began.
Hind was considered to
be the Marlin Monroe of the East and most of the roles she played in the 1950s
were seductive and flirtatious. Hind was given the title as the ‘Queen of