Today is the 14th anniversary of the passing of belly dance superstar Tahiya Karioka, “a woman worth 100 men,” in the words of late president Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Tahiya came from humble beginnings, living as a maid in her brother’s house until she ran away at age 14. She lived in Alexandria, working with a Syrian belly dancer and her band, before settling in Cairo and joining the Badia Masabani band.
Tahiya started to gain fame in 1940, and starred in nearly 200 movies, 10 television shows, and four plays.
Tahiya married 14 times during her lifetime, and she died on September 20, 1999.
Translated from Youm7