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Thousands of mourners gathered at a mosque outside Cairo Sunday for the funeral of actor Faten Hamama, a pillar of Middle Eastern cinema who died a day earlier after a career that spanned seven decades and graced the golden age of Egyptian filmmaking.Hamama, an Arab film icon and Omar Sharif's former wife, died Saturday at the age of 83, according to the couple's son Tarek Sharif.Hamama, who was less than 10 when she made her screen debut, appeared in almost 100 films and worked with masters of Egypt's massive film industry, including Youssef Chahine.A figure of the golden age of Egyptian cinema, Hamama's career reached its pinnacle in the 1940s and 1950s.
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