1. A short clip of Egyptian born bellydancer Katy from the 1953 film ‘Ibn Thawat’ (ابن ذوات ). 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 involving double agent Refaat el Gammal.
    The film title is also spelt “Ibn Zawat” 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. Ismail Yassin plays a wealthy young 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 but her father refuses to let her marry her intended. Eventually the uncle finds out that the man in question is his nephew. The girl’s father relents and everyone lives happily ever after.
    The term ‘ibn zawat’ is used in Egypt almost as an insult, meaning a person who is soft and cares only about outward appearances.

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  2. Katy dances in a scene from the 1953 comedy ‘Majlis El Edara’ (The Board of Directors مجلس الإدارة). She’s fabulous, love her. In this scene she’s dancing to distract Riad al Qasabgi so he doesn’t see that the live bullets in his gun are being replaced with blanks. The film starred Sherifa Maher, Mohamed Salman and Estefan Rosti.

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  3. Egyptian born bellydancer Katy is the dancer in this scene from the 1954 film ‘Dallouni ya Nas’ (Show me the way people دلونى يا ناس). The singer with her is Egyptian comedian Mahmoud Shekuku who’s known by just his surname. The couple behind the curtain are Doria Ahmed and Abdel Salem al Nabulsi.

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  4. Despite the mask, there’s no doubting that this is Egyptian golden era dancer Katy (Katie/Keti/Kittie/Katie). This scene is from the 1954 comedy 'The Neighbour's Daughter' (Bent Al Jeran بنت الجيران) which starred Shadia (the singer), Samiha Tawfik and Fuad al Mohandes who is holding the baby in this scene.

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  5. This scene featuring bellydancer Katy (also spelt Keti, Kitty, Katie and Kittie) is from the 1952 Egyptian film 'Men Ayna Laka Hadha' (Where did you get this?). The film starred Mohamed Fawzi, Ismail Yassin, Zeinat Sedki and Madiha Yusri.
    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. 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 speaks Greek in at least one of her Egyptian films where she plays the daughter of the local Greek barber.
    In this film Mohamed Fawzi plays Wahid, a medical student who invents a chemical mix that makes things invisible. He experiments on a goldfish, then a dog and finally he experiments on people. He uses his invention to save his true love from an evil gangster and they all live happily ever after...except for the gangster. The film was directed by Niazi Mustafa.
    Film trivia: Fawzi and Yusri married about a decade after this film was made.

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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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