Arab world grieves Lebanese diva Sabah's death

'An entire beautiful past' dies with her, says Jumblatt

26 November, 17:39

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, NOVEMBER 26 - Legendary Lebanese singer and actress Sabah died Wednesday at the age of 87 in the capital.

    Her career stretched over a period of more than 70 years and was well known throughout the entire Arab world, both for her work and her tumultuous love life. ''It is an enormous loss for Lebanon, but her fame went beyond its borders,'' Information Minister Ramzi Jreij said. One of the first to send his condolences was Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, who tweeted ''sad news today. The legendary singer Sabah died. With her passing away, an entire beautiful past of Lebanon passes away.'' Sabah, born Jeanette Feghali in the Christian village Bdadun, made her debut as a singer in 1940 and as a film actress a few years later, with her greatest screen hits in Egypt. After performing some 3,000 songs and acting in 83 Lebanese and Egyptian films and 27 Lebanese theater productions, Sabah continued to appear on television programs and live events until five years ago. Her lengthy career and love of life made her a legend for many of her fans, who affectionately called her 'Shahroura' (a female blackbird) and 'Sabbouha' (a diminutive of Sabah). The star was the first Arab singer to perform at Paris's Olympia and London's Albert Hall. Sabah held Lebanese, Egyptian, Jordanian and US citizenship. Married seven times, she leaves behind two children: a son, who is a doctor and lives in the US, born during her first marriage, and a daughter fathered by the Egyptian violinist Anwar Mansi. Her life was scarred in her early years by a family tragedy when a brother, not yet 18 years old, killed her mother to punish her for an alleged extramarital affair and then fled Lebanon. Sabah's funeral will be held on Sunday morning in St George's Maronite Cathedral in central Beirut. (ANSAmed).

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