Googoosh and the World

Dateline: August 18, 2000

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Googoosh After a twenty year absence, Googoosh is back. Still the top-selling Iranian entertainer of all time, she has fans who are too young to even have ever seen her perform live -- an accomplished actress as well as a singer, only videotapes of her old films could bring her haunting beauty to a new generation.

Googoosh was silenced following the Islamic revolution in Iran, in 1979. Her work, along with that of many other artists, was deemed "subversive." She had a choice -- she could have left her homeland like many of her colleagues, start a new career in a new country, and kept on doing what she loved -- singing and acting. However, she chose to stay behind a wall of silence.

Now 50, she is returning to stage and screen. She is set to begin shooting a new movie in Canada, Cuba and Mexico under the direction of her husband, Massoud Kimai.

But much to the joy of her fans, she embarked this past summer on a World tour, bringing her to over a dozen venues in Canada and North America. Googoosh admitted in the press that she was a bit nervous, but her concerts, seen as huge cultural events due to her popularity in her home country, were widely received by the media and audiences alike.

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