Soad Mohamed Hosny was an Egyptian actress and singer born in the Bulaq district of Cairo. Hosny was known as the "Cinderella of Egyptian cinema" and one of the most influential actresses in the Middle East. Her father Muhammed Kamal Al Baba is of Syrian Kurd descent. She is the sister of the legend Syrian/Egyptian singer Najat El-Saghira. She ascended to stardom in the end of the 1950s, performing in more than 83 films between 1959 and 1991. A majority of her films were shot in the 1960s and 1970s. Her final screen appearance was in the 1991 film The Shepherd and the Women, directed by her ex-husband Ali Badrakhan.