Leila Forouhar

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Leila Forouhar
لیلا فروهر
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Forouhar in 2014
Background information
Born (1958-02-23) 23 February 1958 (age 62)
Isfahan, Iran
Genres Dance, pop, classical
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
Years active1961present

Leila Forouhar (Persian : لیلا فروهر, Leilâ Foruhar) (born 23 February 1958) is an Iranian pop and classical singer. She was a child star, acting from the age of 3. She is one of the most successful women artists in Iranian society. She relocated to Turkey in 1984, then to Paris, before emigrating to Los Angeles in 1988. [1]



Leila is the daughter of the late Iranian actor Jahangir Forouhar. As a child she acted in movies in minor roles, receiving recognition for her part in Soltane Ghalbha (King of Hearts). As a teenager she began modeling for fashion magazines. She continued to act in movies and has featured in over 47 films, including Ezteraab, Three Sisters and The Thirsty Ones.

Move to France

War with neighboring Iraq had a negative impact on the Iranian movie and music industry. The Forouhar family stayed in Tehran until deciding to emigrate from the country. [2]

Move to the United States

In 1988 Forouhar and her family moved to the United States.

Leila's songs are popular in countries including Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Iraq, Armenia and the United States. She has released more than 20 albums. Her album "Planet of Harmony" included songs in English, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Dari Persian, Armenian, Turkish and Kurdish.

In August 2004 Leila married Los Angeles-based Iranian-American businessman Esi Nabi. [3] Forouhar's nephew is American Muslim reformer Reza Aslan. [4]

In March 2010 she sang at an international celebration of the festival of Nowruz at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. [5]

Leila covered Dolly Parton's Jolene on her 1976 album Do Parande (Persian : دو پرنده, English: Two Birds).

Reza Aslan, an Iranian-American scholar, is her nephew.


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  4. Ali, Syed Hamad (15 July 2011). "Islam's pulse in the US". Gulf News. Al Nisr Publishing LLC. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  5. "The beginning, First Nowruz at the White House". NowruzCommission.org. Nowruz Commission. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  6. "Coming Soon Leila Forouhar's New Video 'Kaashki'". radiojavan.com. July 13, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2017.

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