My son, El-Kid, is half Egyptian and half American.
I've never used his real name on this blog. Instead I've used the pseudonym "Mr. Boo." I've stopped using that. He is now eight (and a half) and he needs an older sounding name to match his perpetually pushed-up sleeves and gelled-down hair. Part of my decision to change his blog name to "El-Kid" is to equally honor the Arabic and English halves within him.
I like to think of him getting the best of both worlds. I say that his ancestors both designed the pyramids and survived the potato famine; he's tenacious with a capital "T".
It got me to wondering who else is half Egyptian.
Born June 15, 1935 to an Egyptian dad and a German mother
You can see an interview with him on Al Jazeera.
His brother Mustafa Fahmy is also an actor.
He actually looks much better now that he's older.
Both are known for their blue eyes which is a rarity among Arab movie stars.
From 1974-1986, Hussein was married to Mervat Amin who is also half Egyptian.
I bet that their similar ancestry was a bond for them.
Born May 17, 1974, to an Egyptian father and an American mother
She is gaining world wide acclaim for her documentary film, "The Square," which you really need to see. Here is the trailer.
Mervat Amin صور ميرفت امين
Born November 24, 1946 to an Egyptian dad and a Scottish mom
Her first movie was Abi Foq El Chagara "My Father is Up the Tree," with the late-great Abdel Halim Hafez. She was a star in the 70s and 80s.
Born in the 90s to an Egyptian dad and a English mom
Maha's bio on the her blog, "Little Farasha," says that she's the mum of three and the wife of an Emirate film director. Living in Dubai, she started creating hand-crafted accessories for mothers and children when she couldn't find them for her kids.
Born to an Egyptian father and an Irish mother
I love this picture of her! It's a real throw-back to the 1920's.
She is the co-editor of "Tweets from Tahrir,"
Born in 1976 to an Egyptian father and a Latvian mother
Toutonghi traveled to Cairo for the first time in March, 2011 with his father. His account, "The Father of Heliopolis," really captures a lot of what it means to land here.
Stephen Adly Guirgis
Born to an Egyptian father and an Irish-American mother
Guirgis is a playwright and screenwriter. "Meet Joe Black" is one of his works. You can read an article about him here.
Born in February 28, 1941 to an Egyptian doctor and a Welsh nurse
The former First Lady of Egypt was always known for being beautiful and stylish. She championed children's education. Her husband was known for other things.
Born December 13, 1950 to an Egyptian father and a New York model
She is known for her comedic role in the TV show, "Just Shoot Me."
My unscientific search is pulling up lots of very verbal people! The thing is that you only show up on the internet if you've made a name for yourself. Obviously, there are many couch potato half Egyptians who have never done anything in their life but switch channels. Those people don't get googled.
Although, I've just placed that disclaimer, I do see a common thread with this group. They truly weren't complacent. They were a little off from center AND they embraced that place they occupied.
Do you want to add someone else to this mix? Let me know in the comments section.
Light and Love!