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Farzaneh Taidi Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jan 1, 1945
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Farzaneh Taidi is an award-winning but controversial young actress of the new Iranian cinema. After studying theater and acting in Los Angeles, she debuted in the groundbreaking Hashtoumine Rooze Haffteh, one of the first Iranian films to center around a female protagonist. For her role in this film she won a Seppasse for "Best Actress" at the Teheran International Film Festival. She was soon inundated with commercial offers by producers wanting to exploit her blond hair and fair skin. This offended the serious-minded actress who then launched a public protest against those filmmakers who would continue to portray women as only sex objects, and against the traditionally low status of women in Iranian society. She was soon boycotted by commercial producers, but this did not keep her from winning a "Best Actress" award in 1972 and another Seppasse for her roles in independent films. In 1975, Taidi appeared in the controversial Ghaire Aze Khoudo Hitch Kasse Naboud where she played a lesbian noblewoman forced to choose between her sexuality or her social status. As the film contained graphic sex scenes, it was banned in Iran. After that, no producer would hire her. From 1977-1979 she was unemployed; she spent the time actively protesting the relegation of women and the compulsory veil. She managed to find stage work in Teheran's Laleh Zare from 1979-1981 until she was placed on the banned persons list. For several years after, she was humiliated by the revolutionary guards until she escaped to London in 1986. She has lived and worked there ever since. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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