Leila Al Jazairia (1953) ليلى الجزائريه

This is Algerian dancer Leila al Jazairia (ليلى الجزائرية) in a scene from the 1953 Egyptian film ‘Lahn Hobbi’ (The Song of My Love لحن حبي) which starred Farid al Atrache and Sabah.
Leila al Jazairia only danced in a couple of movies with Farid Atrache including this one. Born as Nadia Bouguettaya in 1930 (or 1927) she travelled to France where she was noticed by Farid who decided that she would be the replacement bellydancer/actress after his split from his longtime partner, Samia Gamal. Gamal and al Atrache had separated in 1951 after 11 years together both on and off screen. However, after only 3 films with al Atrache Leila left Egypt and returned to France where she continued to work as a dancer.
Background: Leila al Jazairia’s birthplace Oran in Algeria (Wahran in Berber) was the site of a massacre in 1962 during the Algerian War of Independence.

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