Omar Sharif & Faten Hamama, An Affair to Remember

He was her first kiss on the big screen… It was 1953, the golden age of Egyptian cinema, where 23-year-old actress Faten Hamama was a big star and had finally consented to her first ever kiss in a film, Siraa fil Wadi (Struggle in the Valley) directed by Youssef Chahine. The kiss was to be with a handsome and brooding unknown co-star of 23 by the name of Michel Demitri Shalhoub, who later changed his name to Omar Sharif. Their love story began on set…

The story of their first encounter has been repeated so often that it has become synonymous with their love story. Shalhoub, fluent in three languages, Arabic, English and French, out of nervousness upon meeting Hamama started to recite Shakespeare’s Hamlet soliloquy of “To be or not to be …” Despite the fact that Hamama didn’t speak any English at the time, she liked what she saw, and Shalhoub got the role.

Their love is apparent in all their movies, as well as their personal snaps. They lived in marital bliss for years, until they divorced in 1974. Like every love courtship, there comes a time when all the love in the world can’t save the shattered memories…

Take a look at their intimate affair below: