Zuhal Olcay

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Zuhal Olcay
Zuhal İşanç

(1957-08-10) 10 August 1957 (age 63)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1977–present
    Selçuk Yöntem
    (m. 1976;div. 1979)
      Zafer Olcay
      (m. 1980;div. 1987)

Zuhal Olcay (Turkish pronunciation:  [zuˈhal olˈdʒaj] ; born 10 August 1957) is a Turkish actress and singer.



Graduated from Ankara State Conservatory in 1976, she first started as a stage actress. Since 1983 she also started acting in films and became famous with films like "Amansız Yol", "Kurşun Ata Ata Biter", "Bir Avuç Gökyüzü", "Halkalı Köle", and "Dünden Sonra Yarından Önce". In 1989 she began a successful singing career.

In 2018, she was sentenced to 10 months in prison for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. She had reportedly revised the lyrics to the song "Boş Vermişim Dünyayı" (I Let Go of the World), to say "Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, it’s all empty, it’s all a lie, life will end one day and you’ll say 'I had a dream.'” A lawsuit was filed against her by the Istanbul Prosecutor's office for apparently insulting the president during a concert in 2016, seeking a four-year prison sentence. [1]

Olcay was previously fined 10,620 lira ($2,708) for "insulting a public servant" in 2010. [2]



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  1. "Turkish singer, actress Zuhal Olcay sentenced to 10 months in prison for 'insulting Erdoğan'". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  2. "Turkish singer Zuhal Olcay jailed for insulting Erdogan | IOL News" . Retrieved 22 March 2018.
Preceded by
Asuman Arsan
Golden Orange Award
for Best Supporting Actress

for İhtiras Fırtınası
Succeeded by
Keriman Ulusoy
Preceded by
Hale Soygazi
Golden Orange Award
for Best Actress

for Amansız Yol
Succeeded by
Müjde Ar
Preceded by
Adriana Altaras
Marianne Sägebrecht
German Film Prize
for Best Actress

for Abschied vom falschen Paradies
with Heidemarie Hatheyer, Ayse Romey and Dana Vávrová
Succeeded by
Lena Stolze
Preceded by
Sumru Yavrucuk
Golden Boll Award
for Best Actress

for İki Kadın

for Bir Sonbahar Hikayesi

Succeeded by
Ayşegül Aldinç