W6-1: Women in Early International Cinema

by road-traveled | created - 04 Jun 2016 | updated - 15 Dec 2016 | Public

List by country of birth. Egypt Australia Canada Hawaii Iran Lebanon Pakistan South Africa Turkmenistan Turkey Indonesia

1. Mariem Fakhr El Dine

Actress | La anam

Mariem Fakhr El Dine was born on January 8, 1933 in Faiyum, Egypt as Mariam Mohamed Fakhr El Din. She was an actress, known for La anam (1957), Hekayat hub (1959) and Rannet el kholkhal (1955). She was married to Mohamad Altawel, Mahmoud Zulfikar, Sharif Alfadali and Fahd Ballan. She died on ...

Egypt.

January 8, 1933 - November 3, 2014. (81).

47 acting credits, 1952 - .

2. Faten Hamama

Actress | Orid hallan

Faten Hamama (known as "The Lady of the Arabic Screen") has become an icon and the most important actress of Egyptian and Arabic cinema. She is also the most honored actress in the Middle East. Every decade of her life represents a new era of acting and witnessed the reshaping and progression of ...

Egypt

May 27, 1931 - January 17, 2015. (83).

Credits : 104 acting credits, 1940 - 2000.

Production Manager Writer Self Producer.

3. Amina Rizk

Actress | Cleobatra

Amina Rizk was born on April 13, 1910 in Tanta, Egypt. She was an actress, known for Cleobatra (1943), Al-mouled (1989) and Saut min el madi (1956). She died on August 24, 2003 in Cairo, Egypt.

Egypt

April 13, 1910 - August 24, 2003. (93).

62 acting credits, 1928 -.

4. Taheya Cariocca

Actress | Shati el gharam

Although her parents did not approve of her becoming a belly dancer, she became world renowned. Although Islam frowned upon belly dancing, she was the only one recognized with a public funeral procession. She performed in over 300 movies and television shows. She gave up dancing in 1963 but as late...

Egypt.

1915 - 1999, (84).

72 credits, 1935-1994.

5. Zouzou Hamdi El Hakim

Actress | Al defaa

Zouzou Hamdi El Hakim was born on November 8, 1916 in Asyut, Egypt. She was an actress, known for Al defaa (1935), El rijal la yatazawajun el jamilat (1965) and Raya wa Sekina (1953). She died on May 18, 2003 in Cairo, Egypt.

Egypt

1916 - 2003, (86).

credits, 1953-1979.

6. Madiha Yousri

Actress | Wafaa

Madiha Yousri was born on December 3, 1919 in Cairo, Egypt as Ghanima Habib Khalil. She was an actress and producer, known for Wafaa (1954), Inni rahela (1955) and Al-khataya (1962). She was married to Ahmed Salem, Ibrahim Salama Alradi, Muhammad Fawzi and Mohamed Amine. She died on May 29, 2018 in...

Egypt

December 3, 1919 -.

55 acting credits, 1943 -.

7. Hind Rostom

Actress | Bayn el samaa wa el ard

Hind Rostom(November 11, 1929 - August 8, 2011) was one of the most popular Egyptian actresses.

Actress Hind Rostom, is a star from the golden era of Egyptian cinema.

With her blond hair and good looks, Rostom often played the sultry seductress, and she quickly rose to become one of Egypt's best-known...

Egypt

1929-2011. (81).

76 credits, 1947-1975.

8. Shadia

Actress | Shati el zekriat

Shadia was born on February 8, 1929 in Cairo, Egypt as Fatima Ahmed Kamal Shaker. She was an actress, known for Shati el zekriat (1955), Lahn el wafaa (1955) and Marti, mudir aam (1966). She was married to Salah Zulfakar, Aziz Fathi and Imad Hamdi. She died on November 28, 2017 in Cairo.

Egypt

1929 -

63 credits, 1948-1984.

9. Bosa Stojadinovic

Actress | Te noci

Bosa Stojadinovic was born on December 26, 1916 in Skadar, Albania as Bosiljka Stojadinovic. She was an actress, known for Te noci (1958), Covek nije tica (1965) and Cetiri kilometra na sat (1958). She died on July 12, 2002.

Albania

1916 - 2002, (85).

credits, 1958-1992.

10. Fearless Nadia

Actress | Hunterwali

Fearless Nadia was born Mary Evans in Perth, Australia. She accompanied her family to India as a child. She began working in the cirucs in the early 1930s, where she took the name Fearless Nadia. The tall, blue-eyed, blonde began her film career several years later in Hindi language films in India....

Australia. India.

1908 - 1996, (88).

41 credits, 1933-1970.

11. Alethea McGrath

Actress | Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Alethea McGrath was born on June 1, 1920 in Melbourne, Australia as Alethea Ada McGrath. She was an actress, known for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), Knowing (2009) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). She died on February 9, 2016 in Melbourne.

Australia

1920-.

40 credits, 1984-

12. Esme Melville

Actress | Romulus, My Father

Esme Melville was born on July 23, 1918 in Norwood, South Australia, Australia. She was an actress, known for Romulus, My Father (2007), Forbidden (2003) and Blue Heelers (1994). She died on September 14, 2006 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Australia

1918-2006. (88).

59 credits, 1963-2007.

13. Myrtle Woods

Actress | The Great MacArthy

Myrtle Woods was born on March 14, 1900 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She was an actress, known for The Great MacArthy (1975), Say a Little Prayer (1993) and Homicide (1964). She died on May 12, 2001 in Melbourne.

Australia.

1900 - 2001. (101).

21 credits, 1957-1980.

14. Mary Ward

Actress | Prisoner

Mary Ward was born on March 6, 1914 in Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia. She is an actress, known for Prisoner (1979), Blue Heelers (1994) and If This Be Sin (1949).

Australia

1914 -

33+ credits, 1949-2000.

15. Huguette Oligny

Actress | Les lumières de ma ville

Huguette Oligny was born on January 31, 1922 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She was an actress, known for Les lumières de ma ville (1950), Salut Victor (1989) and Kamouraska (1973). She was married to Gratien Gélinas and Marcel Alexandre. She died on May 9, 2013 in Montreal.

Canada

1922-2013. (91).

35 credits, 1950-

16. Madeleine Sherwood

Actress | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Madeleine Sherwood was born on November 13, 1922 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Madeleine Louise Helene Thornton. She was an actress, known for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), The Changeling (1980) and The Flying Nun (1967). She was married to Robert Sherwood. She died on April 23, 2016 in Lac Cornu,...

Canada

1922-2016. (93).

63 credits, 1962-. 5 self credits.

17. Frances Bay

Actress | Blue Velvet

Cute, tiny, and prolific little old lady character actress Frances Bay worked constantly in both films and TV shows alike after making her debut at the age of 59 in life with a small part in the comedy Foul Play (1978) in 1978. She frequently portrayed eccentric elderly women and good-hearted ...

Canada

1919-2011. (92).

164 credits, 1977-2014.

18. Marcia Diamond

Actress | Black Christmas

Marcia Diamond was born on November 23, 1925 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is an actress, known for Black Christmas (1974), History Is Made at Night (1999) and PCU (1994).

Canada

11-23-1925.

19. Napua Wood

Actress | Hawaiian Eye

Napua Wood was born on April 3, 1912 in Waikele, Hawaii, USA as Jennie Hanaiali'i Woodd. She was an actress, known for Hawaiian Eye (1959), Screen Directors Playhouse (1955) and Adventures in Paradise (1959). She died on January 5, 2003 in Kahului, Hawaii.

Hawaii.

1912 - 2003, (90).

10 credits, 1944-1970.

20. Nini Theilade

Actress | A Midsummer Night's Dream

Nini Theilade was born on June 15, 1915 in Poerwokerto, Banjoemas, Dutch East Indies as Nini Arlette Theilade. She is known for her work on A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), The Big Bluff (1933) and The Song to Her (1934). She was married to Arne Buchter-Larsen and Peter Loopuyt. She died on ...

Indonesia

June 15, 1915

21. Pouri Baneai

Actress | Dozde-siyahpoush

Pouri Baneai was born Seddigheh Banayi in Arak, Iran on October 11, 1940. She lived there for four years before she and her parents moved to Tehran. She had seven sisters and one brother.

She acted in more than 85 Iranian feature films between 1965 and 1979. During her years of acting before the ...

Iran

1940 -.

33+ credits, 1964-2008.

22. Hamideh Kheirabadi

Actress | The Night Story

Hamideh Kheirabadi was born on December 20, 1924 in Rasht, Iran. She was an actress, known for The Story of Night (1973), Hasan Kachal (1970) and Madar (1990). She died on April 19, 2010 in Tehran, Iran.

Iran

12-20-1924. To 4-19-2010. (85).

23. Olwiyya Gamil

Actress | Zeinab

Olwiyya Gamil was born on December 15, 1908 in Lebanon. She was an actress, known for Zeinab (1930), Mafish tafahum (1961) and Intisar al-chabab (1941). She was married to Mahmoud Al Meleji. She died on June 11, 1994.

Lebanon

1908 - 1994, (85).

24. Sabah

Actress | Khatafa mirati

Sabah was born on November 10, 1927 in Wadi Chahrour, Lebanon as Jeanette Gergis Al-Feghali. She is known for her work on Khatafa mirati (1954), El rajul el thani (1959) and Wahabtak hayati (1956). She was married to Wassim Tabbara, Rushdy Abaza, Anwr Mansi, Ahmed Farag, Fadi Lebnan, Joe Hammoud, ...

Lebanon.

November 10, 1925 - November 26, 2014. (89).

48 acting credits, 1938 - .

25. Kissa von Sievers

Actress | Freitag, der 13. - Das unheimliche Haus, 2. Teil

Kissa von Sievers was born on September 21, 1889 in Schloss Wenden, Livland. She is an actress, known for Freitag, der 13. - Das unheimliche Haus, 2. Teil (1916), Der Mann mit der leuchtenden Stirn (1915) and Der Fall Hoop (1916).

Livland.

1889 -

credits, 1915-1919.

26. Tui Bow

Actress | Sunshine of Paradise Alley

Tui Bow was born on October 19, 1906 in Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand as Mary Lorraine Tui. She was an actress, known for Sunshine of Paradise Alley (1926), The Earthling (1980) and Frenchman's Farm (1987). She was married to Robert Bow. She died on March 25, 1993 in Alderley, Brisbane, Queensland,...

New Zealand. Australia.

1906 - 1993.

credits, 1925-1987.

27. Beryl Te Wiata

Actress | Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Beryl Te Wiata was born on April 15, 1925 in Christchurch, New Zealand as Beryl Margaret McMillan. She was an actress, known for Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995), Outrageous Fortune (2005) and Strange Behavior (1981). She was married to Inia Te Wiata. She died on May 4, 2017.

New Zealand

28. Ramai Hayward

Actress | To Love a Maori

Ramai Hayward was born on November 11, 1916 in Martinborough, New Zealand as Patricia Rongomaitara Te Miha. She was an actress and director, known for To Love a Maori (1972), The Maori Merchant of Venice (2002) and Linda's Body (1990). She was married to Rudall Hayward. She died on July 3, 2014 in ...

New Zealand

11-11-1916 -to 7-3-2014. (97).

29. Milú

Actress | Barrio

Milú was born on April 24, 1926 in Lisbon, Portugal as Maria de Lourdes de Almeida. She was an actress, known for Barrio (1947), O Costa do Castelo (1943) and Dois Dias no Paraíso (1957). She was married to Luís de Magalhães Coutinho Nobre Guedes and de Lemos. She died on November 5, 2008 in...

Portugal

1926-2008. (82).

13 credits, 1939-1980. 3 self credits, 1970-2007.

30. Lale Oraloglu

Writer | Hüdaverdi - Pirtik

Lale Oraloglu was born on August 15, 1924 in Izmir, Turkey. She was an actress and writer, known for Hüdaverdi - Pirtik (1971), Sevdigim sendin (1955) and Leylaklar altinda (1954). She was married to Ali Oraloglu and Gürdal Onur. She died on January 15, 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkey

1924-2007. (82).

31. Sabahat Isik

Actress | Kuyu

Sabahat Isik was born in 1927 in Istanbul, Turkey. She was an actress, known for Kuyu (1968), Bin defa ölürüm (1969) and Çocuklar çiçektir: Kuduz (1983). She died on August 17, 2005 in Istanbul.

Turkey

1927-2005. (87).

32. Rosy Varte

Actress | Maguy

Rosy Varte was born on November 22, 1923 in Istanbul, Turkey as Nevarte Manouelian. She is known for her work on Maguy (1985), Love on the Run (1979) and My Uncle Benjamin (1969). She was married to Pierre Badel. She died on January 14, 2012 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, ...

Turkey

November 22, 1923 - January 14. 2012. (88).

100 acting credits, 1949 - .

33. Belgin Doruk

Actress | Aysecik - Yuvanin bekcileri

Belgin Doruk was born on June 28, 1936 in Ankara, Turkey. She was an actress, known for Aysecik - Yuvanin bekcileri (1969), Çölde bir Istanbul kizi (1957) and Küçük hanim Avrupa'da (1962). She was married to Özdemir Birsel and Faruk Kenç. She died on March 26, 1995 in ...

Turkey

1936-1995. (58).

80 credits, 1952-1970.

34. Fatma Girik

Actress | Sürtügün Kizi

Fatma Girik was born on December 12, 1943 in Istanbul, Turkey. She is an actress and producer, known for Sürtügün Kizi (1967), Kesanli Ali destani (1964) and Intikam Melegi/Kadin Hamlet (1976).

Turkey

1943 -.

184 credits, 1954-2012. 6 producer 1 writer 1 self.

35. Neriman Köksal

Actress | Ne Olacak Simdi

Neriman Köksal was born on March 17, 1928 in Istanbul, Turkey as Hatice Kökçü. She was an actress, known for Ne Olacak Simdi (1979), Çoban aski (1957) and Lekeli ask (1964). She was married to Feridun Kete. She died on October 22, 1999 in Istanbul.

Turkey

1928-1999. (71).

149 credits, 1950-1995.

36. Müzeyyen Senar

Actress | Kerem ile Asli

Muzeyyen Senar is a Turkish singer of Ottoman classical music.

Born in Bursa, she moved to Istanbul when she was ten years old, growing up in uskudar. She stuttered as a child, but found refuge in singing.

When she was six years old, she already knew all the popular Turkish folk songs by heart. When ...

Turkey

July 16, 1918 - February 8, 2015. (96).

6 acting credits, 1940-1969.

Singer of classic Ottoman.

37. Yelena Bonner

Self | Aleksandr Galich. Izgnanie

Yelena Bonner was born on February 15, 1923 in Merv, Turkestan ASSR, USSR as Elena Georgievna Alikhanov. She was married to Andrei Sakharov and Ivan Semyonov. She died on June 18, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Turkmenistan

February 15, 1923, Turkmenistan - June 28, 2011, Massachusetts, USA. (88).

Mans virs Andrejs Saharovs (2006). 2006.

38. Moira Lister

Actress | Grand National Night

Moira Lister started her career on the stage in South Africa. She appeared on the London stage at the age of 14 and started working in films in 1943. Always popular, she was usually cast as 'posh' lady.

Cape Town, South Africa.

1923-2007. (84).

63 credits, 1943-2007. 17 self credits, 1954-2002.

39. Doreen Mantle

Actress | Scoop

Doreen June Mantle was born 22 June 1926 in Johannesburg, South Africa and is a character actress who is probably best known for her recurring role as Mrs Warboys in the long-running British sitcom One Foot in the Grave (1990) appearing in 18 episodes in the 1990s.

Mantle first travelled to Britain ...

South Africa

Rekava (1956).

40. Dolly Rathebe

Actress | Cry, the Beloved Country

Dolly Rathebe was born on April 2, 1928 in Randfontein, South Africa. She was an actress, known for Cry, the Beloved Country (1995), The Magic Garden (1951) and African Jim (1949). She died on September 16, 2004.

South Africa

41. Iranganie Serasinghe

Actress | Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Iranganie Serasinghe is an actress, known for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Kalu Hima (2018) and Machan (2008).

Sri Lanka

24 credits, 1956 -

Rekava (1956). 1956. The Line of Destiny.

42. Foun-Sen

Actress | Yoshiwara

Foun-Sen was born on February 28, 1915 in Giap Bat, Tonkin, French Indochina as Cécile Nguyen-Ngoc-Tue. She was an actress, known for Yoshiwara (1937), Hatred (1938) and The Alibi (1937). She died on February 5, 1989 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France.

Vietnam. France.

1915-1989, (73).

19 credits, 1936-1979.

43. Lotus Long

Actress | Phantom of Chinatown

Lotus Long's father was Japanese and her mother was an ethnic Hawaiian. The family came to California in the 1920s and, because of her exotic beauty, Lotus didn't find it difficult to get into the movies and portrayed a succession of various Asian women. She took the stage name "Lotus Long", and ...

USA

1909 - 1990, (81).

44. Oléo

Actress | Le tampon du capiston

Oléo was born on June 19, 1906 in Gimont, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées, France as Baptistine Émilienne Françoise Lapeyre. She was an actress, known for Le tampon du capiston (1930), La tête d'un homme (1933) and Heart of Paris (1937). She died on February 21, 1978 in Paris, Île-de-France, France.

France.

1906 - 1978, (71).

credits, 1924-1945.



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