Zeinab Ali Khalil Ibrahim Mahfouz
Born: May 27 1924 in Bani Swaif .
Died: Dec 1 1994 in Cairo.
Best known for: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1954), Little Miss Devil (1949) and A Cigarette and a Glass (1955). Was married to famous actor, Rushdy Abaza.
Badawiya Mohamed Karim Ali Sayed
Born: Feb 22 1919 in Cairo.
Died: Sep 20 1999 in Cairo.
Best known for: Over 300 movies and legendary count of 14 marriages -- one to actor Rushdy Abaza. Mythical story of once slapped King Farouk when he threw an ice cube down her dress still circulates. Her funeral procession was led by Cultural Prime Minister Farouk Hosni at a time when fundmentalist Islam had erased her art.
Birthname: Atiyat Abdul Fattah Ibrahim
Born: April 26 1953 in Cairo
Best known for: "Queen of Oriental Dance". Several films and television shows. Some Egyptians see her dancing as contrary to the tenets of Islam. In 1991, she was charged with "depraved movements" by a Cairo court and sentenced to three months in jail. In 1999, Grand Mufti Sheik Nasr Farid Wasil issued an edict against her going to Mecca for hajj, but eventually retracted it.
Dina Talaat Sayed Muhammad
Born: March 27, 1965 in Rome, Italy.
Best known for: In 2009, Newsweek named her the "Last Egyptian Dancer". She often danced in a bikini or short over regular costume. Numerous films and television shows.
Birthanme: Maria Kardiadis
1937 in Alexandria, Egypt.
1990 in Beirut, Lebannon
Best known for: Filmwork. Credited as the originator of the modern style of Lebanese raqs sharqi and her extensive use of floorwork. She often included folkloric dance, Bedouin dances and Zār dance.