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Googoosh Background information Birth name Born Origin Genres Occupations Years active Labels Website
Faegheh Atashin
(1950-05-05) 5 May 1950 (age 64)
Tehran, Iran
Iranian pop
Singer, actress
1953–1979, 2000–present
Avang, Caltex, MZM, Pars Video, Taraneh
googoosh.com

Faegheh Atashin (Persian: Fāeqe Ātaŝin - فائقه آتشین‎, Azerbaijani: Faiqə Atəşin, born on 5 May 1950 in Tehran), also known by her stage name Googoosh (Persian: Guguš - گوگوش‎, Azerbaijani: Ququş), is an Iranian singer and actress. She is known for her contributions to Iranian pop music, but also starred in a variety of movies from the 1950s to the 1970s. She achieved the pinnacle of her fame and success towards the end of the 1970s. Her overall impact and contributions to Middle Eastern and Central Asian pop-music earned her the title of the most iconic female pop-singer from those regions. She has recorded songs in Italian and in Spanish language. Due to her great talents and overall endearment to her people, she is a symbol of national pride to the people from Iran.

Following the Iranian Revolution in 1979, she is famously known for remaining in Iran until 2000 and not performing again due to the ban on female singers. Still, her following grew. Younger people have rediscovered her music via bootleg recordings. Outside of Iran, she has a significant following in many Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries, and has even caught the attention of western media and press. Her most recent projects include a new collaboration with singer/songwriter Hassan Shamaizadeh for the track Hayahoo from her last album Ejaz, as well as serving as head judge and head of academy for the popular reality show Googoosh Music Academy which is broadcast on London based satellite channel Manoto 1.

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Biography Childhood and Career Before the Revolution (1953-1979)Googoosh (Faegheh Atashin), began singing and acting at a young age with her father, Saber, during the 1950s

According to her website, Googoosh was born Faegheh Atashin on 5 May 1950 in Sarcheshmeh Street of Tehran to parents Nasrin and Saber Atashin who were originally Azerbaijani immigrants from the USSR. She began doing impersonations of some of the singers of the time while being taken on the road with her father. When her father discovered this talent, he put her on stage at the age of three and she was from then on a professional paid performer.

4 year old Googoosh with her mother Nasrin Atashin

During the 1970s Googoosh began a meteoric rise to fame and success as she drove the edge of Iranian pop music further and further. Known for her flamboyant outfits and fashion sense, Googoosh wowed her pop culture hungry fans in Iran and abroad with her trademark hairdos and hip-elegant style. Iranian women changed hairdos with Googoosh and she was always one step ahead of them with a new look. Her music ranged from upbeat 1960s and 70s pop, given a Persian-tinged edge, to declamatory, emotional ballads dealing with love and loss, which at times edge towards chanson and Piaf territory. She starred in over 25 movies, one of which was to be the most commercially successful Iranian motion picture of all time prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Googoosh had performed many times for the Royal Family and was a favorite of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi''s wife and children and performed at the party given for the Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi''s Birthday in 1977.

At the time of the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Googoosh was in Los Angeles; however, feeling homesick, she decided to return to Iran. After the revolution, Googoosh, like other artists, had been forbidden from performing and her material had been banned. She would not perform again until Mohammad Khatamo’s presidency, during which she was allowed to tour outside of the country. In the time she was unable to perform, she kept herself occupied at home by taking care of her house and reading. Whereas she had no intentions of leaving Iran, she adapted to her new life.

Comeback (2000-present)

In 2000, a feature-length documentary called Googoosh: Iran''s Daughter was released which chronicled the singer''s life and her icon-status while detailing the socio-political turmoil that led to the 1979 Revolution in Iran. Made by Iranian-American filmmaker Farhad Zamani, the documentary began production in 1998 and was made at a time when Googoosh was still forbidden to give interviews.

In January 2009 she ended her work and career with Mehrdad Asemani, citing "creative differences" and in March 2009 began a new work relationship with her current management team. On 21 and 24 March of that year, during the Nowruz holiday, Googoosh performed in Dubai. This concert was considered a homecoming for her and thousands of Iranians crossed the Persian Gulf to hear her.

Googoosh and other speakers participated in a 22 July 2009 protest at the United Nations which attracted exiles from Iran. There they stood in front of a banner with names of Iranian protestors that they believed were still incarcerated and the names of other protestors, written in red, who had been killed. During this protest, Googosh made a speech stating that she entered politics because of the outcome of the Iranian presidential election, 2009. She said, "I have come here to be the voice for the sad mothers who lost their loved ones in peaceful demonstrations. I have come here to be the just voice of the grass-roots and spontaneous movement among my compatriots and to show my solidarity."

Since 2010 she has and continues to serve as head-of-academy and head-judge alongside Hooman Khalatbari and Babak Saidi for the widely popular reality game show/singing competition Googoosh Music Academy which is broadcast on the London based Iranian satellite channel Manoto 1 and is their most watched program. In December 2010, Googoosh had a very notable concert in the Kurdish region of Iraq and Iran. Tens of thousands of Iranians came from Tehran and beyond.

In March 2011, the popstar released a snippet via YouTube of a new song she was working on titled "Bedrood". In April 2011, Googoosh debuted her latest project. The singer launched her own cosmetic collection sold online, aptly titled "Googoosh Cosmetics". In April 2011 she held a legendary concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA as well as a record breaking performance at the same venue on October 27, 2012, as a part of her worldwide "Ejaz" Tour. Also on March 26, 2013 she performed at London''s famous Royal Albert Hall for the first time, where other notable Persian vocalists such as Elaheh, Ebi and Marzieh have performed memorable concerts in the past.

In 2012 she released her 6th studio album since her comeback, titled Ejaz. The album consisted of 10 tracks, featuring collaborations with famous Iranian singer/songwriter Hassan Shamaizadeh (“Hayahoo“) and two songs wherein she collaborates with her fellow judge Babak Saidi and show host Raha Etemadi from The Googoosh Music Academy ("Nagoo Bedrood" and "Noghteye Payan"). Another single "Bi Manoto" was a musical rendition of a poem by famous Persian poet Molana (Rumi). The poem came to Googoosh'' attention during her years banned from singing at the time of the Iran–Iraq War. She felt inspired by the lyrics and therefore created her own melody and was finally presented with the opportunity to record it as she had always wanted during the production of the album

In February 2014, she released a video in support of the gay, and lesbian, community in Iran, which faces significant challenges in it struggle for equal rights, including the ongoing threat of the death penalty for being convicted of being lesbian, and gay. This made her the first prominent Iranian with a huge following to speak out against homophobia in Iran, the video has sparked discussion about issue affecting Iran''s LGBT communities.

Googoosh tours sporadically, making occasional concert stops all over the globe. While not touring, she spends time on new work projects or with her family.

AwardsGoogoosh on the cover of Javanan e Emrooz Magazine Personal life

She had one brother who, at the age of 24, was struck by heart rheumatism and died. She has three half-brothers on her father''s side and a brother and sister on her mother''s side.

Googoosh with ex-husband Behrouz Vossoughi

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 February 1967. They had a son, Kambiz, who currently lives in Los Angeles and who is also in the music industry. After about six years of marriage, Ghorbani and Googoosh divorced in late 1972.

In 1975, Googoosh married Iranian actor Behrouz Vossoughi. They divorced fourteen months later, in 1976. During their brief marriage they were considered to be the country''s biggest celebrity power couple.

During the late 1970s, Googoosh became involved with Homayoun Mestaghi, but after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Googoosh served a three-month jail sentence because she was living with him outside of marriage, which was illegal under the Islamic regime. Several years later in 1985, Googoosh divorced Mestaghi. She then married director Masoud Kimiai in 1991. They divorced in 2003.

Googoosh is rumored to reside in a four-bedroom, four-bath home in Beverly Crest (a neighborhood of Los Angeles), which she bought for $1.37 million from Jack M. Snyder and Stephanie E. Snyder on 13 April 2011.

Discography Main article: Googoosh discography

Studio albums

"Ejaz" (2012) was her sixth studio album since her comeback.

Albums (Since she returned to music)

FilmographyPoster for Googoosh''s 1972 award-winning film BitaPoster for "Dar Emtedade Shab"(1977)(در امتداد شب) starring Googoosh and Saeed Kangarani and directed by Parviz Sayyad. This would turn out to be the highest grossing film of all time in Iran. Year Persian Title English Title
1960 Fereşte-ye färari (فرشتۀ فراری) Runaway Angel
Bim vä omid / Bim o omid (بیم و امید) Fear and Hope
1963 Pärtgah-e mäxuf (پرتگاه مخوف) The Cliff of Fear
1965 Şeytun-e bäla (شیطون بلا) The Naughty One
1966 Gedayan-e Tehran (گدايان تهران) The Beggars of Tehran
Fil vä fencan / Fil o fencan (فيل و فنجان) Big and Small
Hoseyn-e Kord (حسين كرد) Hoseyn-e Kord
1967 Çähar xahär (چهار خواهر) Four Sisters (with Leila Forouhar)
Därvazeh-e täqdir (دروازه تقدير) The Gate of Fate
Gänc o ränc (گنج و رنج) Treasure and Toil
Där costocu-ye täbähkaran (در جستجوی تبهكاران) On the Search for Criminals
1968 Se divane (سه ‌دیوانه) The Three Morons
Şäb-e fereştegan (شب فرشتگان) The Night of Angels
Setare-ye häft aseman (ستاره هفت آسـمان) The Star of Seven Skies
1969 Gonah-e zibayi (گناه زيبايی) The Sin of Beauty
1970 Tolu (طلوع) Sunrise
Cäncal-e ärusi (جنجال عروسی) The Wedding Brawl
Päncere (پنجره) The Window
1971 Ehsas-e daq (احساس داغ) Hot Feeling
Asemun-e bi setare (آسـمون بی ستاره) Starless Sky
Qesas (قصاص) Retaliation
1972 Bita (بیتا) Bita
1973 Xiyalat-i (خیالاتی) Imaginings
1975 Hämsäfär (هـمسفر) Travelling Mate
Nazänin (نازنین) Nazänin
Mämäl-e Amrikayi (مـَمَل آمریکایی) American Mammal
Şäb-e qäriban (شب غریبان) Nostalgic Night
1976 Mah-e äsäl (ماه عسل) Honeymoon
1977 Där emtedad-e şäb (در امتداد شب) Along the Night
1979 Emşäb äşki mirizäd (امشب اشکی می ریزد) Tonight Someone Cries

Googoosh also acted in two other movies: Märd-e keraye-i (مرد کرایه ای) and Haci Feyruz (حاجی فیروز), but the production of each of these films was suspended during the final stages for unknown reasons. Googoosh has also acted in many television shows and ground-breaking commercials in Iran.

Post 2000 Tours

Googoosh Comeback Tour (2000–2001)

2001

Googoosh in Cupertino, California

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Memory Lane Tour(2009–2010)

Googoosh in 2009

2011

Promotional Poster for her Royal Albert Hall Concert in London (March 26, 2013)

2012

2013

2014

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