Google dedicated Monday’s Google Doodle to Hind Rostom, one of the major stars of the golden age of Egyptian cinema, marking what would have been her 87th birthday.
Born in Alexandria on 12 November 1931 as Nariman Hussein Murad, Rostom became one of the most beloved Egyptian screen icons of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Her physical resemblance to the Hollywood star earned her the nickname in Egypt of “the Marilyn Monroe of the Orient”.
She starred as an Upper Egyptian woman seeking revenge in Blood on the Nile (1961), directed by Niazi Mostafa, an ascetic uninterested in life’s pleasures in The Nun (1965), by Hassan El-Seify, a crippled woman in The Deposit (1965) by Hussein Helmy Al-Mohandes, a famous author in Exit from Heaven (1967) by Mahmoud Zulfikar, a loving wife in A Word of Honour (1972) by Hossam Eddine Mostafa, and a mature mother in My Life is Agony (1979) by Ali Reda.
The latter was her final film appearance, after which she refused all attempts to coax her out from retirement until her death on 8 August 2011.
She acted in over 80 films in total throughout her career.