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Close friends and family paid respects Sunday to cinema legend Omar Sharif, who will forever be remembered as the eponymous "Doctor Zhivago," at a solemn funeral in his native Egypt.The service was attended by a group of Sharif's relatives, friends and Egyptian actors, an AFP correspondent reported.Born Michel Demitri Shalhoub, Sharif converted to Islam to marry Hamama, whom he described as the only love of his life.The couple divorced in 1974 when Sharif, already famous in his homeland, launched a Hollywood career.Fluent in six languages, Sharif began acting in the 1950s.He made something of a comeback in 2003 in the title role of the French film "Monsieur Ibrahim," playing an elderly Muslim shopkeeper.The performance won him a best actor award at the Venice Film Festival and the best actor Cesar, France's equivalent of an Oscar.
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