I just ran across this in an article and can’t resist passing it along. Oh, for a picture.
From Samir Rafaat, “Cinema Metro,” Cairo Times (unedited version), Thursday, May 15, 1997. In 1955, Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker attended the grand premiere of “Valley of the Kings” (directed by Robert Pirosh) which coincided with the festive events that followed the groundbreaking ceremony of the Nile Hilton Hotel on Tahrir Square. It was on that occasion that Samia Gamal dragged Robert Taylor onto center stage where the American superstar, wearing a tarboush and belted the traditional way, danced with Egypt’s foremost belly dancer before an enthralled audience.
Taken at Cinema Metro in Cairo at the time of the premiere of “Valley of the Kings.”
Mr. Taylor with Samia Gamal, Egyptian belly dancer in 1954.
I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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wonderful , thanks for sharing !
they look beautiful.
Sorry I missed your comment for so long. They did look beautiful, didn’t they? Thanks for writing.
Fascinating Judith how your blog spreads so far and wide. I have never read this before and but for the interaction between you and another RT fan, Becky Parker, I would not have. 2012 may have been before I “discovered you”. It must be so satisfying for you to get such feedback from so many people.
It is, June. I’ve “met” people from all over the world. It’s especially great when I come across someone who actually knew Mr. Taylor, like Martha Cantarini. She is a former stuntwoman who worked on “The Law an Jake Wade” among many other films. All the best. Judith
I attended the premierre of Valley of the kings at the Metro Cinema in Cairo, but I don’t remember seing Samia Gamal or Robert Taylor.
Gamal Abdel Nassr, and Anwar Sadat were present and sat at the ‘Loges’ section of the beautiful movie theater. It was a great event, open to the public.
Stephen, that’s fascinating. I should think that Ms. Gamal and Mr. Taylor were there somewhere. Thanks for sharing a great memory. Judith