Hind Rustom passes away

Published August 10th, 2011 - 05:51 GMT
Hind Rustom
Hind Rustom

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.


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 Seduction’.

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