Actress and Singer Shadia- photo courtesy of Al-Kawakeb Magazine
CAIRO – 10 November 2017: Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Egypt’s first lady Entesar al-Sisi visited the veteran Egyptian singer and actress Shadia in the hospital as soon as they arrived from Sharm el-Sheikh after the closing ceremony of the World Youth Forum.
‘’We truly appreciate the president visit, it is a magnificant gesture from him,’’ recounted Shadia’s nephew Khaled Shaker.
Shaker added that Sisi asked the doctors about the iconic artist health updates and listned extensively to their explanations pertaining Shadia’s health status, promising that he will pay her another visit soon.
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.
Shadia was transferred from El-Asema hospital to El-Galaa military hospital in order to provide optimal treatment to the heartthrob artist. The great singer was subject to intensive care at El-Asema hospital after a minor brain stroke, media reports affirmed Saturday.
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.
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.
She was dubbed "Dalouet el-Cinema"(cinema’s sweetheart) by her loyal fans from all over the Arab world. Her fans consider her as their dear sweetheart singer. Shadia has enriched the Egyptian art with about 114 songs spanning over 37 years. She was enchanting with her melodious charming voice and light-heartedness.
Shadia’s birth name is Fatema Shaker. The 86-year-old played various roles and nailed movie genres that range from political to emotional and comic roles. 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 January 25th Revolution.
After her last role in “La Taslani Man Ana” (Don’t Ask Me Who I Am) she officially announced her retirement in the late 80s. Even at the age of 86, Shadia is still in our hearts, screens and playlists. Egypt Today wishes a speedy recovery for Egypt’s sweetheart iconic star.