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Hamida Omarova

Hamida Omarova (Azerbaijani: Həmidə Ömərova) was born to a family of teachers, Mammad and Nasiba Omarov. Her parents met at university where both of them studied foreign languages, and went on to have four children, three of whom died in their infancy. When Hamida was born, her parents visited the Sufi Hamid shrine in Qazakh and after being sure the newborn would survive, they named her after the sanctuary. Following her parents' divorce in 1960 and her father's permanent departure to his native Gazakh, Hamida Omarova was raised by her mother and grandmother. After graduating from high school she enrolled at Baku State University to study philology. While finishing her first year in 1975, she entered an academic contest along with other 300 people and was among the 15 contestants who were admitted to the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. Omarova's first role was in a short film entitled The Dentist in 1977. Since then, she starred in over 30 films and became the most successful Azerbaijani actress of the decade performing at times in up to 4 movie shootings simultaneously. In Russia, she is known mostly for acting in Yuli Gusman's film "Don't Be Afraid, I'm with You" (1981), staged in Gakh, Azerbaijan. Her performance was rewarded with numerous awards including that of a People's Artist of Azerbaijan. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Azerbaijan's movie industry experienced severe decline. This became both a career decay and a psychological ordeal for Omarova. After going through a period of depression, she got married in 1992 and gave birth to a son. At the same time, she hosted the late night show Retro, a weekly review of classic movies from Azerbaijan and abroad. In 2006 Omarova was elected President of the Azerbaijani Union of Cinematographers.

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Apr 25, 1957 In Baku, Azerbaijan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Vah! 1980-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Не бойся, я с тобой! 1919 2013-11-15
Known For
Poster of Gazalkhan
Poster of The Rain during the Celebration
Poster of Uzeyir's Life
Poster of The Road Story
Movie Black-and-White Nights Unknown 2013-01-01
Movie Не бойся, я с тобой! 1919 Telli 2013-11-15
Movie Good Morning, My Angel! Madina's Neighbour 2008-10-03
Movie Hotel Room Rafiga 1998-01-01
Movie Gazalkhan Khanum 1991-01-01
Movie Müqəddəs Oda Yanaram Zahra 1991-01-01
Movie The Native Shores Zivar 1989-08-30
Movie Whirlpool Tamara 1986-01-29
Movie The Rain during the Celebration Unknown 1985-01-01
Movie The Music Teacher Shafiga 1983-10-15
Movie The Silver Truck Madina 1982-09-11
Movie Painful Roads Nurzad 1982-03-18
Movie Nizami Pari Afag 1982-06-01
Movie Our Great-Grandfather's Grandfather Zeynab 1981-02-12
Movie The Road Story Zumrud 1981-02-20
Movie Don't Be Afraid, I'm with You Telli 1981-06-29
Movie Uzeyir's Life Maleyka khanum 1981-12-20
Movie Vah! Fatma 1980-01-01
Movie I Want to Understand Chinara 1980-11-09
Movie Golden Precipice Shafiga 1980-03-11