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Legendary Lebanese Actress, Singer Sabah Dies at 87

Iconic Lebanese actress and singer Sabah died in Beirut around dawn

Wednesday, members of her family said. She was 87.

Many actors and singers mourned her on Twitter, including acclaimed

pop singer Nancy Ajramwho said: "Today, Lebanon lost a legend. Sabah

is gone but she remains in our hearts."

Veteran Lebanese politician Walid Joumblatt also tweetedhis reaction,

saying "with her passing away an entire beautiful past of Lebanon

passes away."

Sad news today .the legendary singer Sabah died.with her passing away

an entire beautiful past of Lebanon passes away— Walid Joumblatt

(@walidjoumblatt) November 26, 2014

Born Jeanette Gergis al-Feghali in Lebanon in November 1927 , Sabah

skyrocketed to fame and prominence in the early 1950s as the star of

high-profile Egyptian movies, including " Miss Mom" with iconic

Egyptian singer and actor Mohamed Fawzi, and " Love Street" with

Egypt's nightingale Abdel Halim Hafez.

She's also well-known for her leading role in the all-star comedy "

Velvet Hands," with top Egyptian actors Ahmed Mazhar, Salah Zulfikkar,

Laila Taher and Mariam Fakhr el-Din.

Sabah remained one of the all-time favorite singers and actresses for

much of her 60-year career, during which she released more than 50

albums, acted in 100 films and over 20 plays.

The music and film diva, affectionately called "Sabbouha" and

"Shahroura" by millions of her fans across the Arab World, was the

first Arab singer to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, Piccadilly

Theatre in London, Royal Albert Hall, and Sydney Opera House in

Australia. She also performed at Olympia in Paris, only second to

Egypt's top Arab music diva Oum Kolthoum.

Credit: Diaa Bekheet

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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