) (born November 10, 1927) is a Lebanese
singer and actress whose career
stretches from 1943 to the present.She has released over 50 albums
and has acted in 98 movies, as well as 20 stage plays. She is among
the most prolific Arabic-language singers, with a reported 3,500
songs in her repertoire.
born as Jeannette Gergi Fighali in Wadi Chahrour,
Lebanon, although other records state that her birth place
is the village of Ahmed Hamed Harb.
In her youth she started
acting in school with roles such as "Amira Hend".
1940s she started singing and acting in Egyptian
prominent performer at the age of 82, Sabah continues to perform
both in concert and on television, including programs like
Lebanon's Star Academy
(the Arabic equivalent of the United Kingdom's Fame
Academy) where she sang her new single on a stage lined
with mannequins displaying costumes from
several of her early films and musicals.
The singer is known to her fans by the diminutive Sabbouha
and is also
called Al Shahroura
, or the singing bird. She is
well-known for her ability to sustain a single note for over a
minute when performing in the Lebanese 'ataba
style. Lately, she said that her "off"
used to last for 50 seconds.
Her only European TV performance was in 1980, when she was a guest
on the French TV show Le Grand Echiquier
performed "Saidi" and the duet "Aal Naddaa" with French singer
In the 90s, Sabah and her former husband Fadi Lubnan (Kuntar) made
a documentary about her life.
In 2005, Sabah released a new dance single and in 2006 a duet with
Lebanese singer Rola. It is a remake of a 1970s hit. The
accompanying video, in which Sabah is shown as "the notorious diva"
to whom her younger colleague pays tribute, has received wide play
on Arabic music channels.
On November 10, 2007, while celebrating her birthday with friends,
Sabah received a rose and a phone call from General Aoun
, a well known Lebanese
Sabah has been married seven times. Her marriage with Najib Shammas
lasted five years. Her marriage with Egyptian violinist Anwar Mansy
lasted four years. She was also married to Egyptian composer Baligh
Hamdy, Egyptian television presenter Ahmed Farrag, Egyptian actor
, (to whom she was married
for three days only until she found out he had not divorced his
wife) Joe Hammoud, Wassim Tabbara
and Fadi Kuntar. Lately, she said that all her husbands have taken
advantage of her career; especially, when she was at her summit of
fame. She also admitted that her big love was Joe Hammoud.Sabah was
named by her former husbands as "Madame Bank" because she used to
spend her money generously on the people she loved.
There were rumors that she was engaged to Amr Mihio ("Mr. Lebanon")
in 2003. When the relationship ended in 2004, she admitted that it
had been a stunt to launch Amr's acting career.In April 2008, a
publication with photos announced that she got married to Joseph
Gharib, her hair dresser for 17 years. It was later revealed that
she was only pulling an April Fool's joke on the public.She has two
children. Her son Sabah from her marriage with Najib Chammas is a
doctor and is married to Zeina Chammas. Her daughter Howayda
Mansy from her marriage with Anwar Mansy is a dance teacher in the
States. Sabah has two grandchildren, Danielle Chammas
and Naji Chammas, who both live in California.
Many of Sabah's movies have not been released commercially on
tape or DVD
Movies she has acted in include:
- Kanat Ayyam (1970)
- Nar el shawk (1970)
- Mawal (1966)
- El Aydi el naema, (1963)
- El Motamarreda (1963)
- Jaoz marti (1961)
- El Rajul el thani (1960)
- El Ataba el khadra (1959)
- Sharia el hub (1959)
- Salem al habaieb (1958)
- Izhay ansak (1956)
- Wahabtak hayati (1956)
- Khatafa mirati (1954)
- Lahn hubi (1954)
- Zalamuni el habaieb (1953)
- Khadaini abi (1951)
- Okhti Satuta (1950)
- Sabah el khare (1948)