Tahiya Karioka

Actor, Film actor

1919 – 1999


Who was Tahiya Karioka?

Tahiya Karioka also Tahiya Mohamed, was an Egyptian belly dancer and film actress. Born in the Egyptian town of Ismaïlia to Mohamed Kareem, Tahiya was discouraged from performing as a dancer by her family. Due to family differences that could not be settled with her father and brothers, she moved to Cairo to stay with an old neighbour, Suad Mahasen, a night club owner and an artist. Tahiya had asked several times for employment in Suad's nightclub but Suad refused to employ her due to the disreputability of working at a night club. However, many of Suad's associates and friends became acquainted with Tahiya through various visits to Suad's home. They all advised Suad to add her to one of the shows as a chorus girl but still she refused. Soon, Tahiya was mentioned to Badia Masabni, the owner of Casino Opera, one of the most prominent nightclubs of the time. Badia offered a position in her troupe to Tahiya. Tahiya accepted and was given the stage name Tahiya Mohamed. She soon began gaining popularity as a solo dancer and as she became more experienced she learned a popular Samba dance from Brasil at the time called the Karioka. After that she became known as Tahiya Karioca. Tahiya began starring in movies during what is dubbed as the Egyptian film industries "Golden Age". She was a talented dancer, singer, and actor.

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Feb 22, 1919
Also known as
  • Taheya Cariocca
  • Taheyya Kariokka
  • Tahiya Mohamed
  • Badaweya Mohamed Kareem Al Nirani
  • Badawiya Mohamed Karim Ali Sayed
  • Tahia Carioca
  • Abla Mohammed Karim
  • Tahiya Karioca
  • Egypt
Sep 20, 1999

on July 23, 2013


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