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Fatma El-Zahraa Hussein Fathi (Egyptian Arabic: فاطمة الزهراء حسين فتحي‎, born 21 December 1948), popularly known as Naglaa Fathi, is an Egyptian actress.[1][2][3] She started her acting career in 1967 and has played a role in over 80 films.[4]

Naglaa Fathi
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Naglaa Fathy in 1980s
Native name نجلاء فتحي
Born Fatma al-Zahraa Hussein Fathi
(1948-12-21) 21 December 1948 (age 69)
Cairo, Egypt Egypt
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1966–2000
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Spouse(s) Hamdi Qandil



Fathi started her acting career in Egyptian cinema at age 16 when she was approached by producer Adly El-Mowalid, while she was at the beach in Alexandria with her friends. She dropped out of school in 1967 to get involved in acting. Her career began in earnest and she starred in the 1968 Egyptian film Afrah ("Joys"), produced in Beirut, Lebanon. The director of the film, Ali Badrakhan had reservations about Fathi, but fellow producer Ramses Naguib saw her as potential romance icon. Throughout the 1970s, she acted in roughly 15 films a year, predominantly romantic dramas. In the Egyptian film industry, she was only second to actress Faten Hamama in the number or romance films acted in. During the 1980s, Fathi largely departed from this role and began acting more complicated roles in movies dealing with a social and political dimension.[4]

She received an award for best actress for her starring role in El Garage (1995),[5] where she played a deserted and impoverished single mother who lives inside a garage with her five children, all of whom she gradually gives up to other families as her health deteriorates. The film was based on a true story and Fathi described it as the "most difficult and painful" role she has had to play.[4] According to writer Nagla El-Baz, the movie was a success in raising awareness about the issue of overpopulation.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Fathi had previously been in two marriages and had a daughter named Yasmine with her second husband. In 1992 she married well-known Egyptian journalist and television presenter Hamdi Qandil. While she stated that her first marriage, in 1969, as a secret kept from her family, she described her second marriage in 1971 as a balancing act for her life amid her new fame and fortune and an attempt to raise a large family. She said in a 2000 interview that Qandil, her current husband, "is the first man who has fascinated me. It is not easy to bewitch me, but he did. I feel like a student when I'm with him: I discover new qualities in him every day."[4]

She supports the Palestinian cause and pan-Arabism. When late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser declared his resignation after the Egyptian defeat in the 1967 War, she joined demonstrations protesting his departure, which he retracted days later. She has wore the traditional Palestinian rural dress during some interviews and public events as an expression of solidarity and said she was deeply distraught by the events of the Second Intifada in the Palestinian territories, particularly the killing of Muhammad al-Durrah, stating "My happiness has been shattered by the events [in the Palestinian territories]. I don't know how to be happy 100 per cent, really. Something inside me has grown dark."[4]

Selected filmographyEdit


Year Film Role Notes
1968 The Beauty of Love Hayam
1968 Joys Bosayna
1968 Harami al-waraka Musical
1970 Al-mirayya Karima
1971 Khamsa share' al-habaib
1971 Rehla laziza Zahra
1972 A Nose and Three Eyes Nagwa
1974 Bedur
1974 The Most Beautiful Days of My Life
1976 No Time for Tears
1976 Time Moon
1977 Sonya and the Madman Sonya
1977 Love Madness Mona
1979 Alexandria... Why? Sarah
1980 Love Does Not See the Sun
1980 Homeless
1984 The Unknown Nadia
1986 Graveyards for Rent Nabila
1988 Imraa Motalaka Salwa
1985 Suspicion
1989 The Dreams of Hind and Cemalia Camelia
1990 Supermarket Producer
1990 Taht el-sifr Ragaa
1995 The Garage Naomi
1998 Concert in the Street of Happiness Sonia



  1. ^ "Naglaa Fathy". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  2. ^ "Naglaa Fathy - Biography Celebrity". Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  3. ^ "Naglaa Fathy - Actor - Filmography، photos، Video". Retrieved 2017-01-19. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Abou El-Magd, Nadia (16–22 November 2000). "Naglaa Fathy: Soft as Steel". Al-Ahram (in Arabic) (508). Cairo, Egypt. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. 
  5. ^ The Hollywood Reporter, Wilkerson Daily Corporation, 1995, p. 54, retrieved 2013-06-13 
  6. ^ El-Baz, Nagla (1997). "Egyptian Cinema and the problem of Child Labour". Ramses College. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 

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