Distinguished Egyptian actress Madiha Yousry died on Tuesday at the age of 97 after a long battle with illness.
The funeral of the prominent actress was held in Al-Sayeda Nafisa Mosque on Wednesday. Dubbed the Nile Brunette, Yousry was named one of the 10 most beautiful women in the 1940s.
Yousry was born in 1921. She was first introduced to the silver screen at the hands of director Mohammed Karim, in his film “Mamno’ El-Hob” (Love is Forbidden), where she performed alongside Egyptian icon Mohammed Abdel Wahab.
Throughout her career, Yousry participated in around 90 films, in which her roles varied between romance, comedy, and tragedy.
Earlier this year, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Arts for the legacy she enriched the Arab world with.
Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem mourned Yousry’s loss, saying that she left behind a huge legacy for upcoming generations to learn from.
The National Council for Women also mourned Yousry’s death, stating that Egypt lost a remarkable, unique icon, yet her name will always be remembered in the hearts of Egyptians and Arabs through the work she has left them.