The last Grande Dame of Cairo

Darwish, Adel
October 2003
Middle East;Oct2003, Issue 338, p66
The article presents a brief information about actress Amina Mohammed Rizq. An era ended on August 24, 2003 with the death of the celebrated actress Amina Rizq in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt. When the play "Black Rabbit" opened in the Egyptian capital, the full house gave the longest standing ovation in 140 years to veteran actress Amina Rizq who, at the age of 91 made a comeback to the stage after 25 years absence. In a career spanning 81 years, including over 500 stage plays, 250 films and countless television dramas, Rizq amassed a plethora of national and international awards and became a member of the Egyptian parliament's upper house in 1991, where she served until her death. Her talent was first recognized in the silent movies of the 1920s, especially her sensual portrait of Suad the Gypsy in the 1928 classic "Suad El Ghagariyah." Although during the course of her career she appeared in scores of films and later television dramas, theatre remained her life's passion following her first stage performance at the age of 11. During the last 10 weeks of life she passed the lonely time in hospital reciting entire plays to herself.


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