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Egyptian legend Rostom dies

Aug 09, 2011 | 5:00am EDT

The screen star passed away on Monday (08Aug11) after suffering a heart attack in hospital, according to

She was dubbed Marilyn Monroe of the Arabs because of her blonde hair and good looks and won acclaim for her 1958 film Cairo Station.

Rostom also starred in Love Rumor and Struggle on the Nile with Omar Sharif, but retired from acting in 1979 so she would be remembered as a beautiful movie star.

She was married to director Hassan Reda and is survived by her second husband, physician Mohammad Fayad, and her daughter Basant.

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