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Omar Sharif has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the actor’s agent Steve Kenis confirmed to the Associated Press.

Omar Sharif, now 83, is best known for his roles in the 1960’s movies Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago.

The news come after Omar Sharif’s son Tarek gave an interview to Spain’s El Mundo newspaper at the weekend.Omar Sharif Alzheimers disease

Tarek El-Sharif told the paper: “It’s difficult to determine what stage it is at. It’s obvious he’ll never improve and it will get worse.”

Egypt-born Omar Sharif won two Golden Globe awards and an Oscar nomination for his role as Sherif Ali in David Lean’s 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia.

Omar Sharif won a further Golden Globe three years later for Doctor Zhivago.

“He still knows he’s a famous actor. The loss of memory affects above all specific things, details like when he was in a specific place or who he acted with in a specific film,” Tarek El-Sharif told El Mundo.

“He remembers, for example, that it was Doctor Zhivago but he’s forgotten when it was filmed.

“He can talk about the film but he forgets its name or he calls it something else instead like Lawrence of Arabia.”


Egyptian film icon Faten Hamama has died at the age of 83.

Faten Hamama was only a child when she made her screen debut. She went on to appear in almost 100 films.

The actress was the former wife of Egyptian actor Omar Sharif. They were married for nearly 20 years and appeared in many films together in the 1950s.

Faten Hamama died on January 17 after health problems, according to Egypt’s official news agency Mena.

Her son Tarek Sharif confirmed that the actress had passed away but did not give a cause of death.Faten Hamama and Omar Sharif

Born in 1931, Faten Hamama was known as the “Lady of the Arabic Screen” and was a star of the golden age of Egyptian cinema.

Faten Hamama’s career was at its peak in the 1950s when she met fellow actor Omar Sharif.

Born a Christian, Omar Sharif converted to Islam to marry Faten Hamama and described her as the only love of his life, reports the AFP news agency.

After their marriage they went on to star in many films together, including the 1961 film River of Love which was based on the Russian classic Anna Karenina.

Omar Sharif and Faten Hamama divorced in 1974.

Faten Hamama also starred in romantic films with the Arab singer Abdel Halim Hafez.

She appeared in films advocating women’s rights and condemning social injustices, reported AFP.

Faten Hamama is survived by her son Tarek Sharif, her daughter Nadia Zulficar, and third husband Mohammad Abdel Wahab Mahmoud.

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