Leila Forouhar (Persian: لیلا فروهر, born 23 February 1959 in Isfahan, Iran) is a legendary Iranian pop singer. She was an actress before the Iranian Revolution also. She relocated to Paris after the Iranian Revolution and then to Los Angeles in 1988.
Leila is the daughter of the late Iranian actor Jahangir Forouhar, who had already established a solid background in the Iranian entertainment industry by the early 1970s. She speaks of the great influence her father had upon her interviews. She followed her father's career path into movies, beginning with minor roles in various movies that were based mainly on the social issues of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In time she became known as a child star, and with the release of Soltaneh Ghalbhaa (King of Hearts), her fame had already spread to all three Persian countries Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. As a teenager, she began modeling for top fashion magazines alongside acting, with roles in Ezteraab, Three Sisters and The Thirsty Ones. Leila has more than 47 films.
Move to France:
With the outbreak of war with neighboring Iraq, the Iranian movie and music industry was foundering. Initially Forouhar family decided to stay in Tehran in hopes that the conclusion of the war would signify a return to the pre-revolutionary era. With the war drew stretched on, however, Leila decided to leave the country.
During this time, much of the press speculated about Forouhar's possible comeback to singing, but Forouhar did not grant interviews, desiring to remain unobtrusive (assassinations of famous expatriates were common).
Move to the United States:
In 1988 Forouhar and her family moved to the United States quickly establishing contact with Los Angeles based Iranian artists who had fled at the outbreak of the revolution. That same year, she released "Makhmal-e-Naz" and in 1989 "Hedieh" ("The Gift"), and the song "Ey Dil" ("Oh My Heart") became very popular, rekindling a craze similar to that inspired by "Cheshma-e-Nour" ("Eye of Light"). Releasing an album a year, by the 1990s she re-established her reputation as a popular female vocalist amongst Persian audiences.
Leila is very popular among Middle Eastern countries like Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kurdistan, Armenia and also in the United States. She has received appreciation from the Los Angeles mayor several times. Releasing an album a year, Leila has released more than 20 albums since she has started her singing career. One of her best sold album was "Planet of Harmony", that consisted of famous songs in different languages like English, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, Armenian, Turkish, and Kurdish. Her albums are available in Tower Records and iTunes.
In 2005, Leila married a Los Angeles-based Iranian-American businessman in a ceremony that included many fellow singers and entertainers with whom she had made albums. Forouhar's nephew is American Muslim reformer Reza Aslan.
Live In Tajikistan:
In 2006, Leila Forouhar had a performance in Tajikistan for a celebration commemorating Aryan civilization. During three concerts that she performed there more than 40,000 people came at the concerts.
Celebration of regarding Nowrouz:
In Nowrouz of 1389 (2010) in celebration of regarding Nowrouz as an international ceremony in United Nation calendar, Leila Forouhar performed a great program as a representative of Iranian Community with presence of numerous politician of the United States and Middle East countries in Thomas Jefferson congress Hall.
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