Hend Rostom

Hind Rostom (Arabic: هند رستم‎) (November 11, 1929 – August 8, 2011) was one of the most popular Egyptian actresses. Rostom was born in Alexandria, Egypt on November 11, 1929 to a middle-class father and an aristocratic mother. She started her career at the age of 16 with the film Azhaar wa Ashwak (Flowers and Thorns). Her first true success was in 1955 when the famous director Hassan Al Imam offered her a role in Banat el Lail (Women of the Night). Her famous films include Ibn Hamidu in 1957, Youssef Chahine's Bab El Hadid (Railway Station) with Farid Shawki in 1958, Salah Abu Seif's La Anam (Sleepless) with Faten Hamama, Omar Sharif, and Rushdy Abaza in 1958, Sira' fi al-Nil (Struggle in the Nile) with Omar Sharif and Rushdy Abaza in 1959, and Chafika el Koptia (Chafika the Coptic Girl) in 1963. Rostom was known as the queen of seduction in Egyptian cinema, and the "Marilyn Monroe of the East". She decided to retire acting in 1979 because she wanted the audience to remember her at her best. Rostom once more turned down an offer of one million gineih (Egyptian pounds) for her biography in December 2002.


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