Egypt Independent

Taheya’s youth



Taheya Karioka (a picture of Taheya posing in front of the poster for her movie "Shabab Emraa" (A Woman’s Youth) at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.

Famous for dazzling performance and dances, Taheya Karioka appeared in several Egyptian cinema classics. At the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, where Karioka’s movie was being screened, Karioka almost pounced on Hollywood star Susan Hayward after the latter made a comment against Egypt. The trembling Hayward fled just in time before Karioka could give her a severe beating. It is said that Karioka’s shoe went flying in the direction of Hayward, who deftly dodged it. The shoe ended up hitting one of the festival’s guests.