Zeinat Olwi زينات علوي (1953)

Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1953 film ‘Fael Khair’ (The Benefactor). Like many bellydancers of that time Zeinat Olwi started out working in the nightclub of Badia Masabni first as a chorus line dancer and later as a soloist. A lifelong heavy smoker, Zeinat died in 1988 following a massive heart attack.
The film starred Sabah (with the handbag looking out the window), Ismail Yassine (in the beige jacket in the front row at the men’s party and also in drag, second from left, at the women’s party) and Zomoroda (the woman sitting in the car. Her name means ‘Emerald’). The singer in this clip is Mohammed Fawzi. He was the brother of actress Huda Sultan and composer of the music for the Algerian national anthem.

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