Rushdi Abaza is one of the most prominent movie stars of the twentieth century, whose names are associated with famous works distinguished on the art scene.
Rushdi Saeed Baghdadi Abaza, known as “Rushdi Abaza”, was born on August 3, 1926, into a very wealthy family. His childhood was wonderful and his Italian mother helped him learn 5 languages, which are English, French, Italian, German and French.
Rushdi Abaza did not plan to enter the field of acting, but the strong friendship with Ahmed Ramzy and Omar Sharif was the reason for his acting career, and in 1949 he presented his first work, the movie “The Little Millionaire” in front of Faten Hamama.
And in 1958, his stardom flared up after he participated in a group of important films, such as “A Woman on the Road”, after which his works, which became signs in the history of Egyptian cinema, such as “In Our Home is a Man”, “The Wife 13” and “Sunrise and Sunset” continued.
Dunguan married Egyptian cinema 5 times to Tahia Karioka, Sabah, Samia Gamal and Barbara, the American, with whom he had his only daughter, “Kesm,” and two years before his departure he married his cousin Nabila Abaza.
It was often reported that he loved the artist Camelia and could not approach her because of King Farouk, who also fell in love with her and imposed a siege around her.
Rushdi Abaza was very affectionate with his daughter, Qusmat, and considered his marriage to Samia Jamal the best period of his life, so he continued with her for 18 years. On July 27, 1980, Al-Dingwan passed away after a bitter struggle with brain cancer.
At that time, Rushdi’s mother was pregnant with her son, and after her birth, she forced her to leave Rushdie and expelled her from the house. Then the mother went to Mansoura and got married there and tried to take Rushdi with her, but the mother refused and Rushdie lived when he grew up, moving between his grandmother’s house and his mother’s house.
Then his father moved to Cairo and took him with him, then he moved with his father to Alexandria, and there he joined Saint Mark’s School and Rushdie was fluent in 5 languages.
In 1948, when he was training in the club, director Henry Barakat and artist Faten Hamama saw him. Then he had the big opportunity when Naima Akef chose him to work with her in the movie “Tamr Henna”.
On July 27, 1980, the artist Rushdi Abaza left our world, leaving behind many works of art, stories and rumors that had been circulated over the years.
On the night of his death, his friend Ahmed Ramzy and his daughter Kassem were next to him. He was blinded that night. Ahmed Ramzy says that Rushdie had never prayed in his life at all, and he drank 4 bottles of whiskey and 4 packs of cigarettes wrapped in hashish every day.
According to Ramzy, Rushdi Abaza called his daughter, Qusmat and Ahmed Ramzy, and said to them: Help, I want to perform ablution because I feel that I will die today, and I want to pray. I hope that God will forgive me before my death.
Ahmed Ramzy added, “We started directing him how to perform ablution, then we sat him on the prayer rug, so he resolved to pray standing, and indeed he prayed the two rak’ahs. Then he said, Pray that God accept my repentance. She said, “My father, may God have passed away.”
The artistic community was shocked on July 27, 1980, with the death of artist Rushdi Abaza, at the age of 53, after suffering severe brain cancer.
Rushdi Abaza left, during the filming of the movie “The Mighty”, and did not complete filming his scenes, and the artist Salah Nazmi completed them after him, who replaced him.
A large number of stars were keen to participate in the funeral of the artist Rushdi Abaza, who chose the pyramids area in “Nazlat al-Samman”, as a place for his grave, especially because it is the area he loved and where he spent most of his spare time.
The funeral was attended by his daughter, Qasmat, the artist Ahmed Mazhar, and Fikri Abaza, the younger brother of Rushdi Abaza. The funeral was also attended by the artist Samia Gamal, who had been married to Rushdi Abaza for many years.
Rushdi Abaza’s funeral witnessed an intense presence of the masses who raced to carry his body the moment he left the mosque, and many artists expressed their deep sorrow for the loss of the late artist.
Abaza left, leaving films that have not yet been shown, including “The Mighty”, directed by Ashraf Fahmy, with Naglaa Fathi and Mahmoud Yassin co-starring with him; As for his latest artistic work, it is the unfinished TV series, which by chance bore the name “Deal of Death”.