The departure of the artist, Suhair Al-Babli, the lady of the political stage
Today, Sunday evening, the artist Suheir Al-Babli died at the age of 86, after a struggle with illness, and Reda Taima, her daughter’s husband, announced the news of her death after a long artistic career.
He said that the burial and funeral will be scheduled later today. The late woman had entered a diabetic coma and her health condition was no longer progressing, and she was placed on oxygen machines.
And the artist, Suhair Helmy Ibrahim al-Babli, was born on February 14, 1935, in Damietta Governorate. She grew up in the city of Mansoura, and joined the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts, before entering the field of theatrical, television and cinematic art.
A number of artists and directors, including director Omar Zahran, and actor Mohamed Henedy, mourned her.
May God have mercy on the great artist Suhair al-Babli and give patience to her family and friends. You will miss us, Suska pic.twitter.com/cwZ1kFa32O
— Mohamed Henedy (@OfficialHenedy) November 21, 2021
The rebellion in the life of Suhair al-Babli began early, as she was born in Faraskour Center in Damietta on February 14, 1935, and she moved with her family to Mansoura, where her father was a principal of the secondary school for boys, and her mother and family refused her work in art when she was young, unlike her father who always encouraged her and saw In his daughter, the talent is good at imitating artists, and has a sense of music. She inherited the seeds of talent from her Babylonian family, which was known for its lightness of shade, zajal writing, and quick wit.
After finishing high school, Suhair Al-Babli decided to join the Theater Institute and was tested by the artist George Abyad. She also studied at the Music Institute and was tutored by Ratiba Al-Hafni and learned to play some musical instruments. She was influenced by the artist Laila Murad, but she was forced to leave the institute in the third year due to family pressures. Waiting for the opportunity to return again to art, which was helped by theatrical director Fattouh Nahagy with the support of her father as well.
lady of the political theater
The Lady of the Political Theatre, the title that Suhair al-Babli was crowned with for her theatrical work that was characterized by political audacity. In the National Theatre, but with her rebellious personality, she made an artistic history different and distinct from that of theater stars.
The stardom of the theater was the pillar of Suhair Al-Babli’s career, who was one of the stars of the national theater at the time. She started with a small role in the play “The Deal” by Tawfiq Al-Hakim, starring Samiha Ayoub and Fouad Shafiq. Al-Babli presented a song and dance in the play, but she won the absolute championship in her second theatrical work “House of Glass” in front of Amina Rizk and Sana Jamil, and it is the play that was shown in many Arab countries at the time, for its championships to continue. Because of the scene of knee problems, she underwent treatment in Lebanon.
In “Suleiman Al-Halabi”, she presented the character of a 14-year-old girl, while her real age was 24, and in this work she was slapped in the face and almost led to half paralysis in the face.
The great experience that Suhair al-Babli had theatrically made her master the choice of her works, as she was known for her love for the different and rebellious theater that criticizes everything that the people suffer from, but through comedies such as “On the Pavement” which was banned from showing for political reasons, and the play “The Scholar Pasha”, and among her plays Also, “Narges” and “Atiya the terrorist”, and presented a duet with the artist Shadia in “Raya and Sakina”.
The success of the play “The School of Rioters”, in which Suhair Al-Babli participated with Saeed Saleh and Adel Imam, did not make her completely satisfied with the work. And she expressed her annoyance about Saeed Saleh and Adel Imam’s improvisation on the stage, so the work was psychologically and practically difficult, and she did not like throwing “episodes” without agreement or deviating from the text and the idea of the play, and indeed she apologized for the work to be replaced by Nelly and then Mimi Jamal.
In the cinema, Suhair Al-Babli did not enjoy the same state of glare and theatrical luster that she obtained, although she began her career in her early twenties, specifically in 1957 when she played a role in the movie “Ighraa” and the movie “Struggle with Life”, but she kept moving between roles High school, she participated in “The River of Love”, “The Hunter of Men”, “The Wizard of Women” and “The Game of Love and Marriage”, and got more space in the movie “Youm of My Life” in front of Abdel Halim Hafez, and her role in the movie “Dawn of a New Day” with the director Youssef Chahine, with whom she also worked in “Egyptian Story”, in addition to her participation in front of Fouad Al-Muhandis in “The Most Dangerous Man in the World”.
Despite the diversity of her roles between comedy and tragedy as well, and the emergence of her great talent, she did not get the absolute championship until after many years between the eighties and the nineties of the last century in films such as “The Resignation of an Atom Scientist”, “A Night of Honey” and “The Heart and What Loves”.
The character of Bakiza al-Darmali, which she presented in the movie “The Night of the Arrest of Bakiza and Zagloul” and the series “Bakiza and Zagloul”, is the most famous among her works.
Munir Murad Aslam to marry her
Suhair Al-Babli’s artistic preoccupations caused the failure of her marriages more than once. She only gave birth to her daughter, Nevin Al-Naqouri, from her first husband, Mahmoud Al-Naqouri, who asked her to leave art and devote herself to her married life, but she refused, and then got acquainted with the artist, Munir Murad, the brother of the artist, Laila Murad, during the filming of the movie. A day of my life” and announced his conversion to Islam in order to marry her, but his intense jealousy for her made her ask for separation, to then marry businessman Ashraf Al-Sarjani, and after his death she married businessman Mahmoud Ghoneim and then artist Ahmed Khalil, who separated from her because she was more famous than him, which caused differences between them After that, she decided not to marry again and devote herself to her family life with her daughter and grandchildren.
Retirement and Hijab
Suhair Al-Babli’s preoccupations did not keep her away from her daughter, so the friendship was strong between them, which made Suhair feel ashamed and very afraid of her daughter’s veil, which gives lessons in the Qur’an while she is interested in art. It is to present a purposeful art that serves humanity and to stay away from any abusive work, but the financial need, according to what she confirmed in an interview, made her return to art again in 2005 with the series “Qalb Habiba”, but she set a number of conditions, including refusing to peace on men and not wearing clothes. Not suitable for the veil, and announced the series “Suska Law” in 2016, but the work was not completed and did not see the light.
Honor and Final Appearance
Despite the fact that Suhair Al-Babli kept away from the spotlight, in recent years she was keen to attend the opening ceremony of the Egyptian Actors Syndicate Theater and was honored through a special celebration, but she returned to move away again after suffering with the disease, as she underwent surgery 8 years ago by transplanting two lobes of the liver and was taking many medications that affected her health.
We mourn the late artist
— Khaled Selim (@KhaledSelim_ii) November 21, 2021
Farewell to the great artist Suhair Al-Babli.. God have mercy on her pic.twitter.com/idAPmR7L74
— Ahmed Helmy (@ahelmy) November 21, 2021
– Mostafa Shaban (ostMostafaShaban) November 21, 2021
One of the talents of Egyptian theater passed away, whether in the state theater or the private theater.
May God have mercy on her and sincere condolences to her family and loved ones.
— Nabil Al-Halfawy (@nabilelhalfawy) November 21, 2021
— Fajr Al-Saeed 🇰🇼 (@AlsaeedFajer) November 21, 2021