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Egypt's film pioneer dies aged 90
Mary Queeny
Mary Queeny set up her production company in 1944
Egyptian film pioneer and actress Mary Queeny has died of a heart attack at the age of 90.

Also a major movie producer, she passed away at home in Cairo on Tuesday, Egyptian press reported.

Ms Queeny, born in Lebanon, went to Cairo in 1933 with her movie producer aunt, taking Egyptian citizenship.

She acted in or produced more than 45 movies and her production company, set up in 1944, established Egypt as the centre of the Arab movie industry.

Her best known films include The Seventh Wife, Sacrificing My Love and Prisoner No 17.

She set up her production company with her late husband, director Ahmed Galal, giving many young actors and film-makers their first break in the business.

'Always remembered'

Among the success stories is Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, who was handed a lifetime achievement at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997.

"Queeny touched on every single aspect of the cinema industry - from editing and acting to production," said Marian Khouri, who has directed a documentary on cinema pioneers.

"She will always be remembered. Her movies will live after her death," she added.

Ms Queeny's son Nader Galal is also a movie director.




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