1. Greek/Egyptian bellydancer Katy performing in a scene from the 1952 Egyptian film ‘Min Al Qalb Ila El Qalb’ ('From a heart to a heart' من القلب للقلب) which starred Leila Murad, Kamal al Shinawi, Mahmoud al Meliji and Abbas Fares.

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  2. This is Katy ( كيتي, Katy, Kitty, Keti, Katie etc) in a wedding scene from the 1952 tear jerker 'Lahn al Kouloud' (Immortal (or) Eternal Song لحن الخلود ) which starred Farid al Atrache in the main role as Wahid who has been entrusted with the care of his friend's two daughters after the friend's death. The girls' brother however is not nice and is in fact the reason for their father's death. The film starred Magda, Madiha Yousri, Seraj Munir and Faten Hamama (who was Mrs Omar Sharif for many years).

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  3. Golden era dancer Katy (also spelt Kitty, Katie and Keti) in a scene from the 1953 comedy ‘Ibn Zawat’ (ابن ذوات ) which starred Ismail Yassin, Siraj Munir, Mohammed Taabi’i and Omar Al Gizawy. The singer in this clip is Mohamed Kandil. Katy (her name is also spelt Kitty, Keti and Katie) was born in Alexandria, Egypt to a Greek father and Egyptian mother. She appeared in many movies from the 1950s through to the mid-1960s but left Egypt in mysterious circumstances after being implicated in a spy plot.
    The film title is also spelt “Ibn Thawat” and means ‘Son of the Privileged’ though some sites call it ‘Gilded Youth’ or ‘Son of Nobles’. Anyway you get the gist. The film starred Ismail Yassin and like many of Yassin’s movies, it was written by Abo El Seoud El Ebiary. In this film Ismail Yassin plays a wealthy young man living the high life in Cairo. His uncle decides the young man should marry and chooses a suitable girl to be his bride. When the uncle asks the girl to marry his nephew she tells him she can’t because she’s already in love with another man but her father refuses to let her marry her intended. Eventually the uncle finds out that the young man in question is his nephew. The girl’s father relents and everyone lives happily ever after.
    The term ‘ibn zawat’ is often used by awlad baladi almost as an insult, meaning a person who is soft and cares only about outward appearances.

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  4. A fun piece featuring bellydancer Katy playing an office secretary in a scene from the 1953 Egyptian film ‘Maglis al Edara’ (Board of Directors مجلس الإدارة). The other secretary is singer Soad Mekawy and ‘the man from security’ is played by Omar Al Gizawy.. This is the theme song from the film which starred Sherifa Maher, Hoda Shamseddine and Hassan Fayek. Katy, though known as a bellydancer, was also a talented comedienne.

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  5. Egyptian bellydancer Katy (كيتي) performing with dancer/choreographer Kristo Kladakis (خريستو كلاداكيس) in the 1954 film 'Dillouni ya Nas' (Show me the way people دلونى يا ناس). The film starred Doria Ahmed in the main role as Nahid, Shukry Sarhan as Hassan, Hind Rostom, Abdel Salem al Nabulsi and Zeinat Sedki. The over-excited guy in the audience is Omar al Gizawy and the man looking through the stage curtains is Hussein Issa.

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Katy was born Katy Vousteki (كيتى فوستاكي) in 1927 in Alexandria, Egypt to a Greek father and Egyptian mother. She appeared in many movies from the 1950s through to the mid-1960s but left Egypt suddenly in mysterious circumstances after being implicated…


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Katy was born Katy Vousteki (كيتى فوستاكي) in 1927 in Alexandria, Egypt to a Greek father and Egyptian mother. She appeared in many movies from the 1950s through to the mid-1960s but left Egypt suddenly in mysterious circumstances after being implicated in a spy plot involving Egyptian/Israeli double agent Refaat el Gammal. Egyptian actress Mary Fakreddine has always defended Katy's reputation at a cost to her own, saying that Katy did not co-operate.
I'm sure I'm saying things you already know but many who come to this channel are not aware that there was a large Greek community in Egypt prior to the 1952 revolution. The majority left Egypt in the decade or so following the revolution, many to the US, Canada and Australia. As Katy's fame relates to her place of birth I've referred to her as Egyptian. She appeared in at least two Greek language films and also speaks Greek in at least one of her Egyptian films where she plays the daughter of the local Greek barber.
She died in Greece in 1980.

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