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Hekmet Fahmy:

Profile of a Spy

 

By Priscilla Adum

 

Hekmet Fahmy was the most famous dancer of her day. She was born in 1907 and her dream was to become a famous theater actress. She began working with Ali El Kassar's theater group in the 20's.

By 1927 Fahmy had left the group and was working at Badia Masabni's sala. She was also the star attraction at Mary Mansour's sala. She soon became the most sought-after dancer in Cairo, and her fame rivaled even Madame Badia's. She moved in high class circles, and Hekmet was invited to dance for the rich and famous of many countries. She was the most well known dancer of her time — until her espionage episode, that is.

Due to her inclusion in elite circles, Hekmet had access to many important people including military officers. Unfortunately, her dislike of the British led to her involvement in espionage, and she began spying for the Germans. She was discovered and arrested.

In 1942 the British sentenced her to five years in prison. This was the kiss of death for her career. By the time she was released from prison, she was 40 years old, and a new crop of younger talented dancers had arrived on the scene, including Samia Gamal and Taheya Carioca who were in their 20's. Hekmet could no longer compete.

Hekmet made six movies. Some of these included:

  • El 3azema, released in 1939.
  • Rabab, released in 1942.
  • El Moutasharide, her final movie, released in 1947. This one failed miserably at the box office. Hekmet lip-synced the singing scenes, and Shadia's voice was used for them.

Hekmet retired after the failure of El Moutasharide. She died in Egypt in 1974 at age 67.

PHOTO CREDIT: This photo of Hekmet Fahmy comes from a scene in her motion picture El 3azema.

Hekmet

 

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About the Author

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 

Priscilla

 

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