1. This is Katy (aka Katie, Kitty, Kittie, Keti) performing in the 1952 Egyptian film ‘Kaas al Athab’ (The Cup of Suffering كأس العذاب ). The film starred Farid Shawki, Faten Hamama and Mohsen Sarhan.

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  2. Egyptian/Greek dancer Katy features in this scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Khalak ma Allah’ (Stay with God or Trust in God خليك مع الله). The film starred Ismail Yassin, Mahmoud al Meliji, Zomoroda, and Abdel Wares Asar and Zeinat Sedki who's the bride who gets up to dance with Katy. The singer is Mohamed el Kahlawy (محمد الكحلاوي) which is also spelt Mohamed El Kahlaoui.
    Katy was born in Alexandria, Egypt, of Greek heritage. 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. Back to Katy though; as her fame relates to her nationality due to her place of birth I've referred to her as Egyptian. Off topic, 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.

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  3. In this scene from the 1953 Egyptian film 'Ibn Thawat' (ابن ذوات) Katy's performance starts just inches from burlesque followed by a rhumba, then Spanish, melaya, baladi, cane and finally she wears a bedlah for a short piece of raks sharki. Katy (her name is also spelt Kitty, Keti and Katie) was born in Alexandria 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's title is also spelt 'Ibn Zawat' and means 'Son of the Privileged' though some sites call it 'Gilded Youth' or 'Son of Nobles' but anyway you get the gist I'm sure. The film starred Ismail Yassin who's the man singing in this clip and, like many of Yassin's movies, it was written by Abo el Seoud el Ebiary. Ismail Yassin plays a wealthy single man living the high life in Cairo. His uncle decides he should marry and chooses a suitable girl to be the young man's 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. The complication is that 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.
    Trivia: The term 'ibn zawat' is 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. This is Egyptian/Greek bellydancer Katy performing in a scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Khalak ma Allah’ ('Stay with God' or 'Trust in God' خليك مع الله). The film starred Ismail Yassin, Mahmoud al Meliji, Zomoroda, Zeinat Sedki and Abdel Wares Asar. The female star of the film, Nadia Riad, doesn’t seem to have been in any other films save this one.

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  5. Egyptian born/Greek descent dancer Katy is featured in this scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Khalak ma Allah’ (also spelt 'Halik ma Allah', meaning 'Stay with God' or 'Trust in God' خليك مع الله). While in this clip Katy's performance isn't bellydance and the music certainly isn't, never mind, we could just change the music and a few of the movements and its raks sharki LOL. The music is so familiar but I can't think of the name and now the tune is stuck in my head.
    The film starred Ismail Yassin, Mahmoud al Meliji, Zomoroda, Zeinat Sedki, Abdel Wares Asar and Nadia Riaz who doesn’t seem to have been in any other films save this one.

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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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