Famous Egyptian Women

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Nefertiti
(Queen of the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt)
Nefertiti
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Birthdate: 1370 BC
Birthplace: Thebes, Egypt
Died: 1330 BC

A queen of the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, Nefertiti was the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten. She and her husband reigned during a period marked by great prosperity in Ancient Egyptian history. Some scholars even claim that she reigned independently for some time following her husband’s death though this claim is a matter of debate.

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Hatshepsut
(Pharaoh (1479 -1458 BC))
Hatshepsut
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Birthdate: 1507 AD
Birthplace: Ancient Egypt
Died: January 16, 1458

Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmose I, ruled as the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt and was the second female pharaoh, according to records. She was the chief wife of Thutmose II, and ruled jointly with Thutmose III, Thutmose II’s son. She also named herself God's Wife of Amun.

Catherine of Alexandria
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Birthdate: 0287 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0305 AD

Catherine of Alexandria is a Christian saint who was martyred at the hands of the Roman Emperor Maxentius in the early 4th century. Catherine is generally credited with converting hundreds of people to Christianity. Over 1,100 years after her martyrdom, French warrior Joan of Arc claimed that Catherine was one of the saints to counsel her in her visions.

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Ankhesenamun
(Ancient Egyptian Queen, Akhenaten's daughter)
Ankhesenamun
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Birthdate: 1348 BC
Birthplace: TThebes, Egypt
Died: 1322 BC

Ankhesenamun was an Egyptian queen and wife of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Unlike other ancient Egyptian queens, Ankhesenamun's life, especially her youth, is well-documented in the ancient paintings and reliefs of the reign of her parents. As the Great Royal Wife of Tutankhamun, Ankhesenamun may have played an important role in his administration.

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Umm Kulthum
(The Voice of Egypt)
Umm Kulthum
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Birthdate: December 31, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: El-Senbellawein, Egypt
Died: February 3, 1975
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Faten Hamama
(Actress)
Faten Hamama
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Birthdate: May 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mansoura, Egypt
Died: January 17, 2015

Faten Hamama was an Egyptian actress and film producer. Regarded as an icon in Middle Eastern and Egyptian cinema, Hamama played an important role in popularizing the film industry in Egypt. She is also remembered for stressing the importance of women in the film industry and Egyptian society at large. In 1965, she was awarded the Decoration of the Republic.

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Hagar
(Abraham’s concubine and the mother of his son Ishmael)
Hagar
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Birthplace: Egypt
A prominent Biblical figure, Hagar, also known as Agar, finds mention in the Old Testament. Known as the concubine of Abraham and the mother of his child, Ishmael, Hagar was an Egyptian slave bought to serve Abraham’s wife, Sarah. Sarah, being childless, allowed Hagar to conceive Abraham’s child.
Fawzia Fuad of Egypt
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Birthdate: November 5, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: July 2, 2013

Often compared to actor Hedy Lamarr, for her beauty, Fawzia Fuad, the daughter of Fuad I, was an Egyptian princess who later became the empress of Iran, as Mohammad Reza Shah’s first wife. An unhappy marriage led to her divorce, following which she married diplomat Ismail Chirine.

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Cleopatra Selene II
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Birthdate: 0040 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0005 AD

Ptolemaic princess Cleopatra Selene II, the only daughter of Queen Cleopatra VII of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, was the Queen of Numidia and Mauretania through her marriage with King Juba II. Considered a leading royal lady of the early Augustan age, Selene had great influence in decisions made by the Mauretania government, particularly those related to trade and construction projects. 

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Maathorneferure
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Birthplace: Hattusa, Egypt

Maathorneferure reigned as the queen of ancient Egypt during Ramesses II's rule. As the Great Royal Wife of the pharaoh, Maathorneferure enjoyed a luxurious life and demanded respect from her subjects. However, she was not influential in the court and had very little to contribute to state affairs.

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Tiye
(Daughter of Yuya and Thuya)
Tiye
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Birthdate: 1398 AD
Birthplace: Ipu, Egypt
Died: 1338 AD
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Sobekneferu
(Pharaoh)
Sobekneferu
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Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 1802 BC

Sobekneferu reigned as a pharaoh of ancient Egypt during the mid 18th century BC. She belonged to the Twelfth Dynasty of the Middle Kingdom and was the last ruler of the dynasty. One of the few Egyptian women to rule over the ancient civilization, Sobekneferu was also the first female ruler to adopt the full royal titulary.

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Suzanne Mubarak
(Politician)
Suzanne Mubarak
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Birthdate: February 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minya Governorate

The wife of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Suzanne Mubarak was 17 when she got married. She got back to school a decade later and obtained degrees in sociology and political science. She established the Cairo Child Museum and worked for the UN.

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Nawal El Saadawi
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Birthdate: October 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kafr Tahlah, Egypt
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Samira Said
(Singer who won a World Music Award in 2003)
Samira Said
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Birthdate: January 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco
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Sarah Hegazi
(Human rights activist)
Sarah Hegazi
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Birthdate: May 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: June 14, 2020
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Arsinoe IV
(Queen)
Arsinoe IV
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Birthdate: 0068 BC
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0041 BC

Arsinoe IV reigned as the Queen of Egypt from 48 to 47 BC. She ruled alongside her brother Ptolemy XIII and was among the last surviving members of the Ptolemaic dynasty. Arsinoe IV is best remembered for her role in overseeing the famous siege of Alexandria in 47 BC against her half-sister Cleopatra VII Philopator.

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Cleopatra Selene of Syria
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Birthdate: 0130 AD
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 0069 AD

Cleopatra Selene of Syria served as the Queen consort of Egypt between 115 and 102 BC, during which she was first married to Ptolemy IX and then to Ptolemy X. She later served as the Queen consort of Syria from 102 to 92 BC, thanks to her marriages with Antiochus VIII, Antiochus IX, and Antiochus X.

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Huda Sharawi
(Feminist and nationalist)
Huda Sharawi
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Birthdate: June 23, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minya, Egypt
Died: December 12, 1947
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Cleopatra I Syra
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Birthdate: 0205 AD
Birthplace: Seleucid Empire
Died: 0176 AD

Cleopatra I Syra served as the Queen of Ptolemaic Egypt from 193 to 176 BC during which she was married to Ptolemy V Epiphanes, the King of Egypt. When her husband died in 180 BC, Cleopatra I became regent of Egypt and helped her son Ptolemy VI rule the kingdom until her own demise in 176 BC.  

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Arsinoe II of Egypt
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Birthdate: 0316 BC
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: June 30, 0270

Arsinoe II of Egypt was a Ptolemaic queen who ruled over the Ptolemaic Kingdom of ancient Egypt from 277 to 270 BC through her marriage to Ptolemy II Philadelphus. Arsinoe was an influential queen and had her own cult and towns dedicated to her. She also played a key role in her husband's success in the First Syrian War.

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Jehan Sadat
(Politician)
Jehan Sadat
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Birthdate: August 29, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cairo

Once the First Lady of Egypt (as the wife of president Anwar Sadat), Jehan Sadat had a multicultural upbringing, being the daughter of an Egyptian father and a British mother. She later became a champion for women’s rights and transformed the civil rights laws, bringing in what were called Jehan's Laws.

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Elisa Sednaoui
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Birthdate: December 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bra, Piedmont, Italy
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Ragaa Al Geddawy
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Birthdate: September 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ismailia, Egypt
Died: July 5, 2020
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Berenice IV of Egypt
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Birthdate: 0077 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0055 AD

The eldest daughter of Egyptian king Ptolemy XII Auletes, Berenice IV, reigned as queen after his father’s exile and mother’s death. However, when Ptolemy was about to be restored, the Alexandrians got Berenice married to Archelaus. Ptolemy killed Berenice and all her followers after his return.

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Mayar Sherif
(Tennis player)
Mayar Sherif
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Birthdate: May 5, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

Mayar Sherif is an Egyptian professional tennis player who made history in 2020 when she became the first female player from Egypt to feature in a main draw of a Grand Slam by participating in French Open. She made headlines in 2021 when she became the first Egyptian female player to win a Grand Slam main-draw match at Australian Open.

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Gaby Aghion
(Fashion Designer)
Gaby Aghion
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Birthdate: March 3, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: September 27, 2014

Apart from launching the fashion brand Chloé, Gaby Aghion had apparently also coined the term prêt-à-porter. Born Gabrielle Hanoka, Gaby went to Paris at 18 and got married at 19. She later built an empire out of her feminine clothes made of soft fabric. She was also awarded the Légion d'Honneur.

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Hetepheres I
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Birthplace: Unkown
Died: 0255 AD

Ancient Egyptian queen of the 4th dynasty, Hetepheres I was married to pharaoh Sneferu, or Soris. She came to be known as the Daughter of God during her father Huni’s reign. She was buried with full honor by her son, Khufu, though her mummy was desecrated by looters, and she was reburied later.

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Necla Sultan
(Former Ottoman princess)
Necla Sultan
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Birthdate: May 15, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: October 6, 2006
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Princess Farial of Egypt
(Eldest child of Egypt's penultimate monarch, King Farouk)
Princess Farial of Egypt
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Birthdate: November 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: November 29, 2009
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Princess Fawzia Farouk of Egypt
(Second daughter of King Farouk I of Egypt from his first wife Queen Farida)
Princess Fawzia Farouk of Egypt
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Birthdate: April 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: January 27, 2005
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Safinaz
(Belly dancer)
Safinaz
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Birthdate: December 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
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Berenice I of Egypt
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Birthdate: 0340 AD
Birthplace: Macedonia
Died: 0268 AD

Berenice I was the 2nd queen of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty and the wife of Ptolemy I Soter. Her first marriage was to a nobleman named Philip and a fake genealogy was made before her 2nd marriage, since she was of non-royal birth. She was also the mother of pharaoh Ptolemy II Philadelphus.

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Berenice II
(Queen of Cyrenaica and Egypt)
Berenice II
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Birthdate: 0266 AD
Birthplace: Cyrene, Libya
Died: 0221 AD

Berenice II was co-regent of Ptolemaic Egypt as the wife of the third pharaoh of Egypt's Ptolemaic dynasty, Ptolemy III Euergetes. An influential queen, Berenice participated actively in the political affairs of her kingdom. She was even included in the Ptolemaic state cult and was worshipped as a goddess. The constellation Coma Berenices is named after her.

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Tahia Carioca
(Belly Dancer)
Tahia Carioca
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Birthdate: February 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: September 20, 1999
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Cleopatra Thea
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Birthdate: 0164 AD
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 0121 AD

Cleopatra Thea, a Ptolemaic princess, was the daughter of Greek king Ptolemy VI. She later became a Seleucid queen, through her marriage to Alexander Balas. She later also married Demetrius II Nicator and Antiochus VII Sidetes. She co-ruled with Antiochus VIII Grypus but was forced to commit suicide by him later.

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Doria Shafik
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Birthdate: December 14, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ṭanṭā, Egypt
Died: September 20, 1975
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Heba Selim
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Birthdate: 1947 AD
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 1974 AD
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Ahdaf Soueif
(Novelist)
Ahdaf Soueif
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Birthdate: March 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
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Arsinoe I
(Queen)
Arsinoe I
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Birthdate: 0305 AD
Birthplace: Macedon, Greece
Died: 0247 AD

Ancient Egyptian queen Arsinoe I was the daughter of the Thracian king Lysimachus and the first wife of pharaoh Ptolemy II Philadelphus, or Ptolemy the Great. In spite of having 3 children with Ptolemy, she couldn’t prevent his marriage to his sister, Arsinoe II, who succeeded in getting Arsinoe banished for conspiracy.

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Hend Sabry
(Actress)
Hend Sabry
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Birthdate: November 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kebili, Tunisia
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Cleopatra II
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Birthdate: 0185 BC
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0116 BC

An Egyptian queen of the Ptolemaic dynasty, Cleopatra II was the daughter of Ptolemy V and Cleopatra I. After her parents’ death, she was married off to her own brother, Ptolemy VI Philometor. After Ptolemy VI’s death, she married her younger brother, Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II.

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Cleopatra V
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Birthdate: 0095 AD
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 0057 AD

Cleopatra V served as the Queen of the Ptolemaic Dynasty of Egypt. Although it is certain that Cleopatra V was the only attested wife of Ptolemy XII, she remains an enigmatic member of the Ptolemaic dynasty due to the lack of information and the poor body of source material available today.

Cleopatra III of Egypt
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Birthdate: 0160 BC
Died: 0101 BC

Egyptian queen Cleopatra III initially co-ruled with her husband, Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II, and her mother, Cleopatra II. While she was betrothed to her uncle, Ptolemy VIII, as an infant, Ptolemy VIII later married her mother instead, and began to rule. He married Cleopatra III much later.

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Berenice III of Egypt
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Birthdate: 0114 AD
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: March 31, 0080

Berenice III, also known as Cleopatra Berenice, was the daughter of Cleopatra Selene and Ptolemy IX Soter. She had initially reigned as queen, as the wife of her uncle, Ptolemy X Alexander I. She also ruled as co-regent with her father and then with her half-brother/husband, Ptolemy XI Alexander II.

Arsinoe III of Egypt
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Birthdate: 0246 BC
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0204 BC

The daughter of Ptolemy III and Berenice II, Arsinoe III of Egypt was married to her brother, Ptolemy IV, and was the first Ptolemaic queen to have a child with her own brother. She also actively accompanied her brother to his campaign against Antiochus the Great in Palestine.

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Tefta Tashko-Koço
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Birthdate: November 2, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Faiyum, Egypt
Died: December 22, 1947
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Gawaher
(Singer)
Gawaher
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Port Sudan, Sudan
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Magi Salah
(Wife of Mohamed Salah)
Magi Salah
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Rania Youssef
(Actress)
Rania Youssef
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Birthdate: December 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cairo