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.