Shadia - Still photo From Youtube
CAIRO – 7 November 2017: Veteran Egyptian singer and actress Shadia is currently in a stable condition in the ICU receiving treatment from a professional medical crew at El Galaa Hospital according to a released statement late Tuesday.
The renowned classic artist had a
on Saturday and was immediately transferred to the hospital for intensive treatment. Egyptian audiences grew concerned over the health of their cinematic icon as the board of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) dedicated its upcoming 39th edition in the name and honors of Shadia.
Originally named Fatma Shaker, Shadia played various roles and nailed movie genres that range from political to emotional and comic farce. She began her acting career in 1947 at the age of 16, She usually played the role of a lively young girl. She started her singing career in 1953.
One of her most iconic roles was Soheir, the famous actress who falls in love with the less prominent Ibrahim in the romantic classic movie ‘’Maaboudet El Gamahir’’ (the People's Idol). In addition to her diverse roles, she will always remain a prolific singer whose songs remain favorites on many playlists. In fact, 25 years after retiring and completely disappearing from the limelight, her song “Ya Habebty ya Masr” (Egypt is my Beloved) became the voice of the 25th of January Revolution.
Facebook users shared an old photo of the great artist taken from an old magazine. "My greatest secret wish that nobody knows is to have a dozen children when I turn 50,’’ Shadia said in the old magazine. Shadia has never had children.