Soheir El-Bably, one of Egypt’s most recognized actresses, died at the age of 86.
Her career extended more than 50 years, and she worked in film, theater, and television.
She did tragic roles, but she was arguably most known and adored for her comedic abilities.
Actors, directors, and El-numerous Bably’s followers around the Arab world have paid tribute to her as the queen of humor and the diva of the Egyptian theatre.
For others, El-name Bably’s conjures up images of Egypt’s “golden period” of film in the 1950s and 1960s, when she collaborated with some of the country’s most famous directors and appeared alongside other iconic performers.
Later in her career, she had enormous success on television, starring in some of the most popular shows that remain a fixture of family life every Ramadan.
Many consider El-greatest Bably’s contribution to be on stage, where her approach complemented the Egyptian theatre’s sly knockabout comedy.
The dominance of Egyptian entertainment throughout the Arab world made her a household name throughout the region, and many grieve her death as if she were a part of their own family.