Lebanese actress and singer Sabah, an icon from the Arab world’s golden age of cinema, died in Beirut on Wednesday at the age of 87. The singer’s family confirmed the news in a Facebook post, reported Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper.
Sabah – real name Jeanette Gergis al-Feghali – released over 50 albums and appeared in 98 films during her six-decade-long career.
She passed away at her Beirut home from an unspecified illness, Lebanon’s National News Agency stated.
During her career, Sabah became the first Arab singer to perform at Olympia in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Piccadilly Theatre in London and the Sydney Opera House.
Her biggest films include Soft Hands (1964), Ataba Square (1959) and The Second Man (1960).
She continued to perform into her 80s, and married nine times, including to Egyptian actor Roshdi Abaza and Lebanese author-director Wassim Tabbara.
She is survived by her two children, Dr Sabah Shammas and actress Howayda Mansy.