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.
Egyptian bellydancer Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1957 film ‘Ismail Yassin in the Navy’ (اسماعيل يس في الأسطول) which starred comedian Ismail Yassin (of course), Zeinat Sedki (the lady who gets up to dance), Zahrat al Ola, Mahmoud al Meliji (the groom) and a very young Ahmed Ramzi. Also starring was Riad El Kasabgy who reprises his role as IY’s nemesis, Shawish Attia.
Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1960 Egyptian movie ‘Ishaet Hob’ (Rumour of Love or Training for Love إشاعة حب) which starred Omar Sharif just before he hit the big time in Hollywood in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. Also starring were Soad Hosny, Youssef Wehbi, Hind Rostom and Abdel Monem Ibrahim.
Egyptian bellydancer Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1958 drama ‘Kahraman’ (كهرمان) which starred Huda Sultan, Yehia Shaheen and Abdel Menan Ibrahim.
Trivia: The film’s title ‘Kahraman’ means amber.
This is bellydancer Zeinat Olwi performing in a scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Al Naas Maqamaat’ (Class Distinctions الناس مقامات ). The film starred matinee idol Shukri Sarhan along with Mahmoud el Meligi, Doria Ahmed, Samiha Tawfik, Hind Rostom and Lebanese born actress Alwiya Gamil.
Trivia: Actors Mahmoud el Meligi and Alwiya Gamil were married from 1939 until el Meligi’s death in 1983. In 1963 el Meligi took a second wife, a young actress, but the story is that Gamil gave him a ‘her or me’ ultimatum and he quietly divorced his second wife.
Zeinat Olwi in a scene from the 1961 film “Ishaa’et hub” (Agony of Love) which starred Omar Sharif, Wedad Hamdi and Abdel Moneim Ibrahim. Omar Sharif plays Hussein, a socially awkward man who’s in love with his cousin Sameha played by Suad Hosni. Sameha’s father, played by Youssef Wehbi, is a playboy who devises a complex plan to change Hussein’s image so that Sameha will fall in love with him.
Egyptian born dancer Zeinat Olwi performs in a scene from the 1969 Egyptian film ‘Sabah el kheir ya zawgati el aziza’ (Good Morning My Dear Wife صباح الخير يا زوجتى العزيزة) which starred Nelly, Salah Zulfikar and Khayria Ahmed. The film also starred former bellydancer Taheya Karioka who was in an acting only role.