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Born Fatima Ahmad Kamal
(1931-02-08) February 8, 1931
Cairo, Egypt
Spouse(s) Emad Hamdy
(1953 – 1956)
Aziz Fathi
(1958 – 1958)
Salah Zulfikar
(1967 – 1969)

Fatima Ahmad Kamal (Arabic: فاطمة أحمد كمال‎), better known by her stage name Shadia (Arabic:شادية) is an Egyptian actress and singer. Now retired, she is famous for her roles in light comedies and drama in the 1950s and 1960s. Her first appearance was in the film el-Aql Fi Agaza (The Mind on Vacation), and she retired after her last film La Tas'alni Man Ana (Don't Ask Me Who I Am).


  • Career 1
  • Competition 2
  • Filmography 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5


Fatma Ahmed Kamal Shaker who was Egyptian actress was given the stage- name “Shadia” by director Helmy Rafla. In her heyday during the 1950s and 1960s, she avoided being typecast by working with a number of different directors and in different genres—melodrama, romance, and comedy. It was, however, her musical talent as a singer that established Shadia as one of the most important Egyptian cinema stars of her era. She starred with actor Kamal EShinawy in more than 30 films, and sang opposite Farid al-Atrache and Abdel Halim Hafez —most notably in The People’s Idol (Rafla, 1967). She appeared with Faten Hamama in An Appointment with Life (Ezzedine Zulficar, 1954), while in The Unknown Woman (Mahmoud Zulficar, 1959), she plays the role of Fatma in a heavy melodrama in which she faces a series of tragedies and injustices, commits murder, and is defended in court by her estranged son; she also played the good-hearted seductress who takes in a fugitive in The Thief and the Dogs (Kamal E1-Sheikh, 1962). Shadia likewise performed strongly in comedy roles, most notably in Wife Number 13 (Fatin Abdel-Wahab, 1962) and My Wife the General Manager (Abdel-Wahab, 1966).

Although often cast in cunning and cheeky roles, Shadia’s features could adopt serious, melodramatic expression. In The Road (Zulficar, 1964), while Soad Hosni[1] played the young, naive desk clerk who falls in love with Saber (Rushdi Abaza), Shadia took on the role of his mistress who sneaks to his room while her elderly husband sleeps. She also played Sakina opposite actress Soheir ElBably in the stage version of Raya and Sakina, based on the true story of two Alexandrian serial killers and directed by Hussein Kama (The 1953 film version directed by Salah Abu Seif is heralded as a classic of Egyptian cinema.) Shadia performed in more than 100 films before she retired from the public eye and joined a number of actresses who took on the veil (hijab) in an act of Islamic resistance and salvation.

Shadia is considered one of the most popular and most talented singers and actresses in the Arabic movie and entertainment industry. Her songs and movies are still sought after, and her songs are popular amongst all generations.

Shadia was the closest to her viewers and closest to the heart of the masses. She was a genius at being humorous, spontaneous, and distancing herself from tradition, norm and mediocrity.

However, looking back at the movies she had made so far, she realized that she was being typecast as the nice cute, mischievous girl. She, therefore, started producing her own movies. She went on looking for movies that have good causes and a message to deliver, and at the same time, show her huge acting abilities and talents. She did not care about spending her life savings if it gave her the chance to make better movies. Her parts in movies started to get deeper and more meaningful. As a result, she managed to get the main role in the movie "The unknown/anonymous Woman" ( المرأة المجهولة ) which became a huge success in the Middle East and the Soviet Union. This movie established her as a more mature actress. After that, any movie that Shadia would star in was destined to be a huge success. You could easily say that she was one of Egypt's biggest stars ever, and that she is her "Fans' Idol" Maa'boodat Al Gamaheer (معبودة الجماهير).


On singing, Shadia emerged at a time when the field was already crowded with formidable competitors. These included;


Name of the Movie Release year
1- Azhar w Ashwak (Flowers and thorns) 1947
2- Al Aql Fy Agaza (The mind on vacation) 1947
3- Hamamat Al Salam (Dove of Peace) 1947
4-Adl AL Sama' (Heaven's justice) 1948
5- AL Roh Wal Gasad (The Soul and the body) 1948
6- Kalam Al Nas (People talk) 1949
7- Nadia 1949
8- Sahebat Al Malaleem (Owner of the pennies) 1949
9- Laylat Al eed (Feast night) 1949
10- Al Batal (The Hero) 1950
11- Sa3a L qalbak (An Hour for your heart) 1950
12- Al Zoga Al sab3a ( The seventh Wife) 1950
13- Ma3lesh ya Azhar (Sorry Azhar) 1950
14- Zalamoony Al Nas (People tyrannized me) 1950
15- Ayam Shababy (Days of my youth) 1950
16- Mash3'ool b 3'ery (He Is Busy with someone else) 1951
17- Laylat Al henna (Henna Night) 1951
18- Al Sab3 Afandy (Mr. Courage) 1951
19- Sama3et Al Telephone (Phone Headset) 1951
20- Fel Hawa Sawa ( In The Air Together) 1951
21- 3asefa fel rabee3 (A storm in the spring) 1951
22- Al Qafela Taseer (The Caravan moves on) 1951
23- Awlady (My Children) 1951
24- Hamaty Qombela Zareya (My mother In Law's like A Nuclear Bomb) 1951
25- Ashky L meen (Who to complain/whine to) 1951
26- Al Donya 7elwa (Life is good) 1951
27- Al Sabr Gameel ( Patience is nice) 1951
28- Qatr Al Nada (Dew Drops) 1951
29 - Amaal 1952
30- Al Omm Al Qatela (Killer Mother) 1952
31- Beit Al Nattash (Al Nattash House) 1952
32- 3'adab Al Waledain (Wrath of parents) 1952
33- Al Hawa Maloosh Dawa ( Love has no cure) 1952
34- Boshret 5eir ( A Prophecy of good) 1952
35- Qaleel Al ba5t (Unlucky) 1952
36- Bent Al Shate2 (Beach daughter) 1952
37- Qaddem Al 5eir (Made good) 1952
38- 7ayati Enta (You are my life) 1952
39- Zalamt Ro7y ( I Have wronged myself) 1952
40- 3'altet Abb (A Father's mistake) 1952
41- Yasqot Al este3mar (Down with colonialism) 1952
42- 7azzak Haza Al Esboo3 (Your fortune this week) 1953
43- Ana w 7abeeby (My beloved an I) 1953
44- Eshhado ya nas (people, witness!) 1953
45- Bein Qalbein (Between two hearts) 1953
46- Kalemat 7aq (Word of Truth) 1953
47- Lesanak 7osanak (your words are your horse) 1953
48- Ba2e3at Al 5obz (Bread seller) 1953
49- Al Less Al Shareef (Honest Thief) 1953
50- Maleesh 7ad (I have no one) ----
51- Maw3ed Ma3 el 7ayah (Appointment with life) 1954
52- Aqwa Men Al 7ob (Stronger than love) 1954
53- Mo3'amarat Ismail Yassin (Adventures of Ismail Yassin) 1954
54- Ana Al 7ob (I am love) 1954
55- Banat 7awa2 (Eve's daughters) 1954
56- Bent El Geran (The girl next door) 1954
57- Sharaf Al bent ( The Girl's Honor) ----
58- Al zolm 7aram (Injustice is forbidden) 1954
59- 2ew3a tefakar (Don't think) 1954
60- Elhaqoony bel ma2zoon (Get me a palmodhun now) 1954
61- El stat maye3rafoosh yekdebo (Women can't lie) 1954
62- leila men 3omry (A night of my life) 1954
63- La7n Al wafa2 (The melody of faithfulness) 1955
64- Shate2 Al zekrayat (Beach of memories) 1955
65- Shabab emra2a ( A woman's youth) 1956
66- Wada3 fel Fagr(Farwell At dawn) 1956
67- Rabee3 Al 7ob (The spring of love) 1956
68- 3oyoon sahrana (restless eyes) 1956
69- Dalila 1956
70- Wada3t 7obak (Farewell to your love) ----
71- Lawahez 1957
72- Enta 7abeeby (You are my lover) 1957
73- 7ob men nar (Love out of fire) 1958
74- 3'altet 7abeeby (My lover's mistake) 1958
75- Al hareba (The fugitive) 1958
76- Qoloob Al 3azara ( The hearts of virgins) 1958
77- Er7am Qalby (Mercy my Love) 1959
78- 3esh Al 3'aram (Love Nest) 1959
79- Al Mar2a Al Maghoola (The Unknown Woman) 1959
80- Law3eh Al 7ob (Anguish of love) 1960
81- Ma3an Ela Al Abad (Together Forever) 1960
82- La Tazkoreeny (Don't remember me) 1961
83- Al Telmeeza ( The student) 1961
84- Al Zawga raqam 13 (The wife number 13) 1962
85- Ensa Al Donya (Forget this life) 1962
86- 2emra2a fy dawama (A Woman in a whirlpool) 1962
87- Al Less wal Kelab (The thief and the dogs 1962
88- Al Mo3geza (The miracle) 1962
89- 3ala defaf Al nile (On the banks of the Nile) 1963
90-Al Qahera fel lail (Cairo at night) 1963
91- Zoqaq al madaq (Al Madaq Alley) 1963
92- Montaha Al Fara7 (Ultimate joy) 1963
93- Alf leila w leila (A thousand and one nights) 1964
94- Al Tareeq ( The road) 1964
95- A3'la men 7ayati (More precious than my life) 1965
96- Meraty Modeer 3am (My wife is a general manager) 1966
97- Ma3boodat Al Gamaheer (Fans' Idol) 1967
98- Karamet Zawgaty (My wife's dignity) 1967
99- 3afreet Meraty (My wife's ghost) 1968
100- Shay2 Men Al 5ofe (Something of fear) 1969
101- Nos sa3a Gawaz (A Half an hour marriage) 1969
102- Miramar 1969
103- 5ayat Lel sayedat (Tailor for Ladies) ----
104- Na7no La Nazra3 Al shok (We do not plant thorns) 1970
105- Lamset 7anan (A touch of tenderness) 1971
106- Adwa2 Al Madeena (City Lights) 1972
107- Zat Al Waghain (Two-faced) 1973
108- Emra2a 3asheqa (A woman in love) 1974
109- AL hareb ( The escapee) 1974
110- Amwag bela shate2 (Waves without a beach) 1976
111- Ra3'abat mamnoo3a (Forbidden Desires) ----
112- Al shak ya 7abeeby (doubt, my love) 1979
113- wady Al Zekrayat (Valley of memories) 1981
114- La tas2alny man ana ( Don't ask me who I am) 1984

External links

  • Official website
  • IMDB entry


  1. ^ [5], English Article titled “Soad Hosni “, 2015, Accessed 2015/08/28.
  2. ^ [6], English Article titled “Who is Najat Al Saghira? “,2015, Accessed 2015/08/28.
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