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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 May 1952Tehran, Iran
Birth NameShohreh Vaziri-Tabar
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Shohreh Aghdashloo was born Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar on May 11, 1952 in Tehran, Iran. In the 1970s at age 20, she achieved nationwide stardom in her homeland of Iran, starring in some prominent pictures such as Gozaresh (1977) directed by the renowned Abbas Kiarostami, which won critics awards at the Moscow Film Festival. In 1978, she won wider acclaim and established herself as one of Iran's leading ladies with Sooteh-Delan (1978) directed by the late Ali Hatami. During the 1978 Islamic revolution, Aghdashloo left Iran for England, to complete her education. Her interest in politics and her concern for social injustice in the world would lead her to receive a Bachelor's degree in International Relations.

She continued to pursue her acting career, which eventually brought her to Los Angeles, California in 1987. She went on to marry actor/playwright Houshang Touzie, performing in a number of his plays, successfully taking them to national and international stages. However, this was not easy getting work in Hollywood as a Middle Eastern actress with an accent; she had roles in some decent, though not great, films, including Twenty Bucks (1993), Surviving Paradise (2000) and Maryam (2002). She received good reviews for her 12 episodes on the fourth season of the Fox television series 24 (2001) as Dina Araz, a terrorist undercover as a well-to-do housewife and mother in Los Angeles. She had to wait quite some time to receive her break in Hollywood.

And finally, years after having read the acclaimed novel "House of Sand and Fog", DreamWorks were in the process of bringing the story to the silver screen. After having cast Ben Kingsley (as Massoud Amir Behrani) and Jennifer Connelly in the lead roles, they were looking for a relatively unknown Iranian actress to play Kingsley's wife, Nadi. Shohreh Aghdashloo was duly cast. She stole the limelight and earned herself an Academy Award nomination as best supporting actress amongst many other prestigious awards, including the Independent Spirit Sward as best supporting actress in a feature film, the New York and Los Angeles film critics award and others.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Spouse (2)

Houshang Touzie (1987 - present) (1 child)
Aydin Aghdashloo (1972 - 1980) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Seductive husky voice

Trivia (20)

Received her Bachelor's degree in International Relations.
Daughter of Anushiravan and Effie Vaziri-Taban. Has three brothers: Shahram Vaziri-Tabar, Shahryar Vaziri-Tabar and Shahrokh Vaziri-Tabar.
She played the mother of Jonathan Ahdout's character in House of Sand and Fog (2003) and also played the mother of his character in Season Four of the television series 24 (2001).
Guests of Hotel Astoria (1989) was the first movie she made outside of Iran.
Has had rhinoplasty.
She did her first nude scene at age 36 in Guests of Hotel Astoria (1989).
Began her acting career with Theater Workshops in Iran, where she performed in numerous plays.
"Shohreh" means "famous girl" in Farsi language, and it's a popular name for Persian women.
In 2005, she appeared on the television series 24 (2001) playing the murderous matriarch of a Turkish/Muslim family terrorist cell. Though normally reluctant to play terrorists, Aghdashloo was attracted to the complexity of the character, which was exemplified by the contradiction between being a ruthless killer and a loving mother. Though her playing a terrorist did attract criticism, particularly from the Persian and Muslim community, Shohreh steadfastly defended the role.
Is the first Iranian actress to crossover into mainstream Hollywood cinema.
Is the first Iranian and Middle Eastern actress to be nominated for an Oscar.
Her first husband, Aydin Aghdashloo is a famous Persian artist.
The designer of her red dress in the 2004 Oscars was a Persian designer named Simin.
In Persian movies, she played the leading roles most of the time.
Has one daughter with her second husband Houshang Touzie: Tara Touzie (born 1989).
As far as her 24 (2001) character goes, she said that her job as an actress is to not judge the character but to portray her as objectively and honestly as possible.
Always introduces her ex-husband Aydin Aghdashloo as one of the best artists in the world.
She was chosen to be the best actress of Iran in year 1978 just a year before Iran's revolution.
Benazir Bhutto has always been one of her role models in her life and she wants to play her role in the future.
Close friends with Marcia Gay Harden.

Personal Quotes (8)

I didn't want to live in an Islamic society because I knew I wasn't going to be a first-class citizen, and I knew I was not going to be able to keep doing what I was doing as an actress.
I do pick my projects very meticulously. I want my projects to be meaningful.
I do fairly represent Middle Eastern women.
I studied international relations in England, and I wanted to pursue higher education and be able to analyze what was going on in Iran politically, not only in Iran, but in the Middle East.
Cinema is a reflection of its own society.
Iranians call California and Iran 'sister cities', they're very much alike. Iranians feel at home here and the weather is so close to Iranian weather.
I proud to say that most of the Iranians love me and love my work. I love them, and I always have them in my mind when I work. There are few people who do not agree with me, but truly, I don't care. I call myself an actress with a mission.
The whole world is global. With the Internet, it's like we're all living in a small village. We're starting more and more to realize there is no difference, we can work together, we can put aside our differences and work on our similarities and be successful in that way.

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