This iconic actress was famous for depicting roles of hard-headed women with sharp tongues, quick wit and, of course, dark beauty. Mimi’s life was just as intriguing and iconic as her art.
Started from the Theatre
Mimi’s acting career was kicked off when she started performing with Naguib El Rihany’s group. Not only did she work with the legendary Naguib El Rihany, but he was also like a mentor to her.
The Silver Screen
Her first appearance in cinema went as far back as 1934. This is quite impressive, keeping in mind that she continued to act until 1982!
“Not only did she work with the legendary Naguib El Rihany, but he was also like a mentor to her.”
Matters of the Heart
It is said that Mimi was married at a young age to a man much older than her. She then got a divorce and started acting, alongside her sister Zuzu. She then married fellow actor – and her very first co-star – Serag Mounir, to whom she remained married until his death.
Controversy, Bravery, and a Mysterious Death
Mimi was faced with a catastrophe when she was arrested for organizing a prostitution network, a crime of which she was entirely cleared afterwards. The court admitting her innocence did not stop hearsay, though, and Mimi had a hard time getting work and was even institutionalized at one point. Mimi’s passing was as stormy as her life. She was found thrown from the balcony in Downtown Cairo.