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|Googoosh singing at Flint Center, De Anza College, Cupertino, California in 2011|
|(1950-05-05) 5 May 1950 (age 62)|
|Avang, Caltex, MZM, Pars Video, Taraneh|
Faegheh Atashin (Persian: فائقه آتشین, Azerbaijani: فائقه آتشین, Faiqə Atəşin, born on 5 May 1950 in Tehran) also known by her stage name Googoosh (Persian: 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. Due to her great talents and overall endearment to her people, she is a symbol of national pride to the Iranian people.
After 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. Googoosh is rumored to reside in a four-bedroom, four-bath home in Beverly Crest, which she bought for $1.37 million from Jack M. Snyder and Stephanie E. Snyder on 13 April 2011, and continues her career, albeit in a limited manner.
According to her website, Googoosh was born 'Faegheh Atashin' on May 5, 1950 in Sarcheshmeh Street of Tehran. Her father, Saber Atashin was an Iranian Azerbaijani who emigrated back to his native Iran several years before his marriage. While Googoosh was still an infant, her 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.2000 and beyond
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.
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.
On 22 July 2009, Googoosh delivered an emotional speech in which she said the outcome of the 12 June presidential election, which the protesters accused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of stealing, inspired her to make her first foray into politics. She and the other speakers stood in front of a banner bearing the names of some of the 600 protesters believed to remain in jail. The names of those killed were written in red.
“I have come here to be the voice for the sad mothers who lost their loved ones in peaceful demonstrations,” said the singer. “I have come here to be the just voice of the grass-roots and spontaneous movement among my compatriots and to show my solidarity.”
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. Googoosh currently tours sporadically. She makes occasional concert stops all over the globe. While not touring, she spends time on new work projects or with family. 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". Also on 9 April 2011, Googoosh held a legendary concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.AwardsGoogoosh on the cover of Cävanan-e Emruz Magazine
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. Ghorbani was extremely abusive to Googoosh. 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 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, Googoosh divorced Mestaghi.
She married director Masoud Kimiai in 1991. They divorced in 2003.Discography Main article: Googoosh discographyGoogoosh with Behrouz Vossoughi
Albums since comeback
|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|
|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|
|1975||Hämsäfär (هـمسفر)||Travelling Mate|
|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)
Memory Lane Tour(2009–2010)Googoosh in 2009