Taheya Cariocca (Badawiya Mohamed Karim Ali Sayed)

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Cairo, Egypt
Although her parents did not approve of her becoming a belly dancer, she became world renowned. Although Islam frowned upon belly dancing, she was the only one recognized with a public funeral procession. She performed in over 300 movies and television shows. She gave up dancing in 1963 but as late as the mid-1980's ran her own theater in Cairo, helping to write and choose plays, as well as directing and producing. She took to wearing the Islamic head scarf before retiring completely from public view 13 years ago. Read more...