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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 10 August 1957Istanbul, Turkey

Mini Bio (2)

She trained at The State Conservatory in Turkey and worked at The Turkish State Theater until she formed her own theater company in 1999. In 1989 she played "Evita" in the world famous musical. Since then she appeared in many stage productions, made nearly 20 films in Turkey playing the lead and won numerous awards as "best actress" in theater and films. Including "Berlin Golden Band" award for "Farewel To False Paradise" which she filmed in Germany. She performed in many theater plays such as "Othello" (Shakspeare), "The Seagull" (Cehov), "Balcony" (Genet), "Separation" (T. Kempinski). She won Avni Dilligil Theater Special Award in 1986 with "The Seagull" and won Ankara Art Institution Award in 1998 with "Balcony".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Zuhal Olcay, Turkish actress and singer.

In 1976 she graduated from the State Conservatory in Ankara. She worked at the State Theatre several years and performed in theatre plays such as Othello, Empty Cradle, I Promise, The Seagull. She won Avni Dilligil Theatre Special Award in 1986 with The Seagull.

From 1983, she appeared in various television and cinema productions such as Parmak Damgası, Gecenin Oteki Yuzu, Ateşten Gunler, Amansiz Yol, Dunden Sonra Yarindan Once, Sahte Cennete Veda(Farewell to False Paradise), Medcezir Manzaralari, Gizli Yuz, 80. Adim, Istanbul Kanatlarimin Altinda . She won her first cinema award with Ihtiras Firtinasi in 1984; and her best lead actress award was in 1985 with Amansiz Yol.

She won Berlin Golden Band award with her role (Elif) in Farewell to False Paradise which she filmed in Germany.

Between 1990 and 1998 she appeared in theatre plays in Tiyatro Stüdyosu of which she was one of the founders. These plays were Betrayal (1990-92), Blood Brothers (1991), Hysteria (1996-97) and Balcony (1998). She formed her on theatre company (Oyun Atolyesi) in 1999, and with the first play of the company (Steven Berkoff's Kvetch) she won Afife Theatre Award in the category of Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Play. Then she performed in Tom Kempinski's Seperation. Lastly she won Afife Theatre Award again in the category of Best Actress with her role, Nancy in Philippe Blasband's Nathalie which she performed with Tilbe Saran.

Along with her careers in theatre and cinema, Zuhal Olcay started singing professionally after she played Evita in the world famous musical. She acted in Nisan Akman's cinema production Dunden Sonra Yarindan Once and performed the song of this film which had the same name with the film.

Zuhal Olcay won numerous awards with her role Sukran in Tayfun Pirselimoglu's Hicbiryerde (Innowhereland). She performed the songs in soundtrack of the film which was composed by Cengiz Onural.

Zuhal Olcay worked with Mehmet Teoman, Vedat Sakman, Selim Atakan and Bulent Ortacgil in musical area and she released 6 albums. These albums are (Kucuk Bir Oyku Bu - 1990, Iki cift Laf - 1993, Oyuncu - 1996, Ihanet - 1998, Basucu Sarkilari - 2001, Basucu Sarkilari 2 - 2005).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: mevzuhal.com

Spouse (3)

Haluk Bilginer (1992 - 17 December 2004) (divorced)
Zafer Olcay (1980 - 1986) (divorced) (1 child)
Selçuk Yöntem (1976 - 1979) (divorced)

Trivia (3)

Her daughter's name is Ceren Olcay. (February 28, 1981)
Fluent in English.
Member of the jury at the 42nd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival in 2005. (with actress Hülya Koçyigit, actor Kenan Isik, actor Aytaç Arman, director Ferzan Ozpetek and director Nuri Bilge Ceylan).

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