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Googoosh, born 1949 as Faegheh Atashin in Iran, is considered the most celebrated recording artist in Iran. Although widely known as a singer, she was also an actress in several popular Persian films of the 1960s and 1970s.

Googoosh: Iranian Pop Singer & Actress

After the Iranian Revolution in 1979 she remained in Iran until 2000 but did not record or perform again due to the ban on solo female singers. Still, her following grew inside and outside Iran. Younger people have rediscovered her music through bootleg recordings of her music. Outside of Iran, she has a significant following in many Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries. Her parents are originally from Sarab (a city in Iran). While still an infant, Faegheh's father divorced her mother. She began doing impersonations of some of the singers of the time. When her father discovered this talent, he put her on stage.

Personal Life

9 year old Googoosh in "Fereshteh farari" one of her first movies

Googoosh's first husband was Mahmoud Ghorbani. He was a music promoter who had helped Googoosh make a name for herself throughout the 60s. They married in 1968. They had a son, Kambiz, who currently lives in Los Angeles and who is also in the music industry. Ghorbani was abusive towards Googoosh and reportedly has made risky business deals putting himself and Googoosh in financial trouble. In 1973, Ghorbani and Googoosh divorced.

In 1974, Googoosh married the famous Iranian actor, Behrouz Vossoughi, whom had acted alongside Googoosh in several popular movies. However, this was not a successful marriage. They divorced 14 months later.

During the late 70s, Googoosh met Homayoun Mestaghi, whom she had dated before. After the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Googoosh served a 3 month jail sentence because she was living with Mestaghi, who was not her husband then. Googoosh married, and several years later divorced, Mestaghi who later died of cancer.

In 1991 Googoosh married director Masoud Kimiai and it's widely believed that they separated shortly after they left Iran in 2000 for Canada. After departure from Iran, Googoosh was able to sing in public and perform again for her fans after some 22 years. She went on a sold out tour in North America. Although well received by fans, the tour resulted in legal and financial disputes among the organizer, Nederlander Concerts, Mr. Amirghasemi of former Tapesh TV, and Googoosh.

Googoosh publicly supported the Iranian "Green" reform movement in 2009. In 2010, she will be helping the new Persian entertainment TV (Manoto TV) select and coach young Iranian vocal talents in Europe. This will be called "Googoosh Music Academy."

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Filmography

  • Dar emtedad shab (1978)
  • Mah-e asal (1976)
  • Nazanin (1976)
  • Hamsafar (1975)
  • Mamal Amricayi (1975) .... Nasrin
  • Shab-e ghariban (1975)
  • Bita (1972)
  • Panjereh (1970)
  • Tolu (1970)
  • Ce divane (1968) .... Parvaneh
  • Shab-e-fereshtegan (1968)
  • Hossein Kord Shabestari (1966)
  • Sheitune bala (1965)
  • Partgahe makhouf (1963)
  • Fereshteh farari (1961)
  • Bim va omid (1960)

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