Princess Fawzia of Egypt
Described by The New York Times Magazine as “a more luscious version of Hedy Lamarr, a softer Vivien Leigh,” Princess Fawzia of Egypt was breathtaking. The daughter of King Fuad I, son of Ismail the Magnificent, and Queen Nazli Sabri, the princess grew up in opulence and luxury.
In 1939, through an arranged marriage at age 17, Fawzia wed Mohammed Reza, the crown prince of Iran. The couple had a daughter, Princess Shahnaz. But the marriage was not a happy one for Fawzia. In 1942, the princess (who later became empress of Iran after her husband became shah) was photographed for Life magazine by Cecil Beaton, who remarked upon the contrast between her perfect and sculpted features and her “sad and mournful eyes.”
Eventually, Fawzia divorced the shah, remarried, got happier, and had two other children. She died at the impressive age of 91 in 2013.