Known for her more than fifty popular music albums and for her close to one hundred performances in films, this Lebanese star received The Dubai International Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award and numerous other honors during her long career in entertainment.
She began her acting career by appearing in several Egyptian films directed by Henry Barakat.
Her early years were tumultuous: she was harshly disciplined by her father, and her brother murdered her mother.
Her first marriage, to Najib Chammas, resulted in a son named Sabah, and her second marriage, to musician Anwar Mansy, produced a daughter named Howayda. She married five more times; the majority of her husbands were Egyptian or Lebanese entertainers or artists.
She and Wadih El Safi were two of the biggest Lebanese icons of the 1960's.