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Yousra in 2009
Civene Mohamed Hafez Nessim
March 10, 1955
|Occupation||Actor • singer|
Yousra (// YAWS-rə; Arabic: يسرا, IPA: [ˈjosɾɑ]; born Civene Nessim, Arabic pronunciation: [siˈveːn nɑˈsiːm]) is an Egyptian actress and singer. She is the sister-in-law of actor Hesham Selim, son of famous Egyptian football player, actor and former president of Al Ahly, Saleh Selim, and the wife of Khaled Selim. Yousra is considered as a glamorous icon for the Middle East and is an influential voice in the region.
She first appeared in the 1980 film Athkiya' Laken Aghbiya (Smart yet Stupid). Then she has done many different roles with many different looks. She has done comedy, drama and entertainment. Kasr Fi El Hawaa (Castle In the Air) by Abdel Halim Nasr in 1980, Fatah Tabhath Ann Alhob (A Girl Looking for Love) by Nader Galal in 1977, Alf Bossa Wa Bossa (A Thousand and One Kisses) by Mohamed Abdel Aziz in 1977 and Ebtessama Waheda Takfi (One Smile is Enough) by Mohamed Bassiyouni in 1978. These were followed by a number of successful films with Adel Emam such as Shabab Yarkoss Fawk Alnar (Youth Dancing on Fire) by Yehiya Al Alamy in 1978, Al Ensan Yaeesh Mara Waheda (Man Only Lives Once) by Simone Saleh in 1981, Ala Bab Al Wazeer (At the Door of the Minister) by Mohamed Abdel Aziz in 1982, Al Avocato (The Lawyer) by Raafat Al Mihi in 1984, Al Ins Wa Algen by Mohamed Radi in 1985, and Karakoun Fi El Shareih.
Later, Adel Emam and Yousra worked together in three different movies: Al Mansi (The Forgotten), Al Irhab Wal Kabab (Terrorism and Kebab), and Toyour Al Zalam (Birds of Darkness). In all three movies comedy was used to deliver an underlying political message to great critical and public acclaim.
A very important milestone in Yousra's career was working with the famous Egyptian director Youssef Chahine. She acted in Chahine's Hadduta Masreya (Egyptian Story) in 1982, Iskanderiya Kaman we Kaman (Alexandria Again and Again) in 1990, and Al Mohager (The Emigrant) in 1994. Yousra was very impressed with Chahine's work, stating, "Youssef Chahine affected me on a personal and professional level. He is a school for anyone who works with him.”
She has made a number of the serial television dramas popular during Ramadan, including 2005's Ahlam 'Adiya (Ordinary Dreams). She portrayed an enterprising con woman in what the English version of Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram called "a major departure from the star's usual Ramadan screen persona, which has consistently verged on the romantic and the demure."
In 2006, she took a supporting role in The Yacoubian Building, a star-laden adaptation of the novel of the same name. The film is reported to have had the highest budget of any Egyptian production to date. Playing an entertainer working in a restaurant, Yousra, according to Variety, "effortlessly stirs old emotional waters when she sings 'La vie en rose.'"
Yousra released her first vocal album in 2002.
She featured in Abu's hit single 3 Daqat in 2017.
Her last artistic work in Arab drama was Ladayna Akwalon Okhra (We Have Another Statement).
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
Yousra has received over 50 awards in recognition for her work as a UNDP goodwill ambassador. Moreover, the Coptic Orphans, non-profit organization founded in 1989 and based in Merrifield, Virginia, has thanked Yousra for contributing their time and effort in helping the children. Yousra also received an Honorary Doctorate of fine arts from the American University in Cairo (AUC)
Despite all the troubles and the tension between Algeria and Egypt after 2009 Egypt–Algeria World Cup dispute, the Egyptian actress Yousra cheered for Algeria in the World Cup which was held in South Africa. She and Omar Sharif initially staged a protest against Algeria after Algeria accused Egypt of misconduct during the Algeria-Egypt football match.
|1999||Kalam El Leil||The Night talk|
|1977||Fatah Tabhath Aan Al-Hob||A Girl Searching For Love|
|1978||Shabab Yarkos Fawqa An-Nar||Youths Dancing on Fire|
|1979||Ushaq Al-Eshreen||Lovers under 20|
|1980||Amal Eh El-Hob Fi Baba||What did Love Do for Dad?|
|1980||Qasr fi Al-Hawaa||A Mansion on Air|
|1981||Leilat Shitaa Dafeia||A Warm Winter Night|
|1981||El Insaan Yaeesh Mara Waheda||Man Is Living Once|
|1981||Karakoon Fi El Sharea||A Prison in the Street|
|1982||Shitan Al-Gazeera||Island's Devil|
|1982||Ala bab Al-Wazeer||At Minister's Door|
|1982||Hadoota Masriyyia||Egyptian story|
|1984||Al Avocato||The Lawyer|
|1984||La Tasalny Man Ana||Don't Ask Me Who I am!|
|1985||Al Ins Wal Gen||Men and Jen|
|1985||Shaqat Al Ostaz Hasan||Mr. Hasan's flat|
|1986||Al Bedaya||The Beginning|
|1986||Al Galsa Al Serriya||The Secret Meeting|
|1986||Abl El Waddaa||Before Goodbye|
|1987||Sekket En-Nadama||The Way of Remorse|
|1987||Asfoor Laho Aneyaab||Birds' Teeth|
|1987||Li Adam Kefayet El Adellah||Insufficient Proofs|
|1988||Sarkhet Nadam||Cry of Remorse
1987? Darb el Hawa
|1988||Emra'a Lel Asaf||Unfortunately Woman|
|1989||Iskendria Kaman Wi Kaman||Alexandria Again and Again|
|1990||Gizeeret El Shaitan||Devil's Island|
|1991||Al-Ra'i wal Nisaa||The Shepherd and the Wome|
|1991||Sayedat Al-Qahira||Cairo's Mistress|
|1992||Emra'a Ayela Lel Soqoot||A Non-Secure Woman|
|1993||Al Erhab Wi El-Kabab||Terrorism and Kebab|
|1993||Dehk Wa Le'b Wa Gad Wa Hob||Laugh, entertainment, seriousness and Love|
|1996||Teyoor Ez-Zalaam||The Birds of Darkness|
|1998||Resala Ela Al-Wali||A Message to the Wāli|
|2001||Al-Warda Al-Hamra||Red Rose|
|2002||Ma'ali al Wazir||The Minister's Excellency|
|2004||Iskendria New York||Alexandria... New York|
|2005||Kalam Fil Hob||Talk in Love|
|2005||Dam El Ghazaal||Gazelle's blood|
|2006||Emaret Yaccobian||The Yacoubian Building|
|2006||Mateegy Nor'os||Let's Dance|
|2012||Game Over||Game Over|
|1979||Anf we 3 Eyion||Nose and 3 Eyes|
|1994||Rafat Al-Haggan||Rafat Al-Haggan (Name)||Helen Samhoon|
|1996||Hayat El-Gohari||Al Gohari's Life||Hayat|
|2000||Awan El Ward||Flowers Time||Amal|
|2002||Ayna Qalbi||Where Is My Heart||Faten|
|2003||Malak Rohi||Angel of My Soul||Malak|
|2004||Leqa Ala el hawa-||Leqa|
|2005||Ahlam el 3adea||Normal Dreams||Nadia Anzaha|
|2006||Lahazat Harega||Critical Moments||Sarah|
|2007||Adiyyeit Raie Aam||A Matter of Public Opinion||Abla|
|2008||Fi Aydee Amina||In Safe Hands||Amina|
|2009||Khas Giddan||Up Close and Personal||Dr. Sherifa|
|2010||El Arabi maa Yousra||The Arab with Yousra||Herself|
|2010||Bel Shamaa Al-Ahmar||In Red Wax||Dr. Fatma|
|2012||Sharbat Louz||Sharbat Louz||Sharbat|
|2014||Saraya Abdeen||Abdeen Palace||Khoshyar Hanim/ El Walda Pasha|
|2016||Fo'k Mostawa ElShobohat||Dr. Rahma|
|2017||El Hesab Ygm3||Na'eema|
|2018||Ladayna Akwalon Okhra|
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