More than just an actress: 7 things you didn't know about Nadia Lotfi

Published August 24th, 2016 - 08:51 GMT
Nadia is currently in a terrible state at the ICU. (
Nadia is currently in a terrible state at the ICU. (

Nadia Lotfi needs no introduction; she's one of the most iconic actresses in Egypt and the Arab world's cinematic history.

As she regrettably lies in a hospital bed in Cairo as we speak (our prayers are with her), we thought to honor the 82-year-old starlet by sharing seven interesting facts about her life.

1. Her real name is Paula Mohammed Lotfi Shafique. 

2. Her first acting experience was in a school play at 10-years-old. Despite being a talented actress at that tender age, she forgot all her lines when the play started, making her believe that acting wasn't her thing.

3. Her first marriage was to her next-door neighbor, who was a marine in the navy. She agreed to marry him as soon as he proposed because that was her ticket to freedom, which would allow her to practice all her hobbies (writing, photography and painting) without her father's restrictions.

4. She became a professional actress after a chance meeting with famous film producer Ramses Naguib at a family friend's house, who offered her a leading role in his film "Sultan" alongside the late iconic Egyptian actor Farid Shawqi.

5. She took her stage name, Nadia Lotfi, from a leading character in the famous novel "I Never Sleep" by Egyptian novelist Ihsan Abdel Quddous, who sued her for using the name without his permission.

6. She was married three times and has one son called Ahmad.

7. She has been an active human rights activist since the early 1950s. She is highly educated on the Palestine-Israel conflict and fought alongside the Palestinian Resistance during the Israeli invasion of Beirut. She has 25 videotapes documenting her daily life and struggles during the invasion. 

Nadia is not only a brilliant actress, but an incredible woman as well.

By Arwad Khalifeh

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