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Leila Forouhar (Persian: Leylā Foruhar‎‎) (born 23 February 1959, Isfahan, Iran) is a popular Iranian pop singer. She was also an actress before the Iranian Revolution. She relocated to Paris after the Iranian Revolution and then to Los Angeles in 1988. Leila is the daughter of the late Iranian actor Jahangir Forouhar, who had already established a solid background in the Iranian entertainment industry by the early 1970s. She speaks of the great influence her father had upon her interviews. She followed her father's career path into movies, beginning with minor roles in various movies that were based mainly on the social issues of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi[citation needed]. In time she became known as a child star, and with the release of Soltaneh Ghalbhaa (King of Hearts), her fame had already spread far abroad. As a teenager, she began modeling for top fashion magazines alongside acting, with roles in Ezteraab, Three Sisters and The Thirsty Ones. Leila has more than 47 films. Move to France With the outbreak of war with neighboring Iraq, the Iranian movie and music industry was foundering. Initially Forouhar family decided to stay in Tehran in hopes that the conclusion of the war would signify a return to the pre-revolutionary era[citation needed]. With the war drew stretched on, however, Leila decided to leave the country. During this time, much of the press speculated about Forouhar's possible comeback to singing, but Forouhar did not grant interviews, desiring to remain unobtrusive (assassinations of famous expatriates were common). Move to the United States In 1988 Forouhar and her family moved to the United States quickly establishing contact with Los Angeles based Iranian artists who had fled at the outbreak of the revolution. That same year, she released "Makhmal-e-Naz" and in 1989 "Hedieh" ("The Gift"), and the song "Ey Dil" ("Oh My Heart") became very popular[citation needed], rekindling a craze similar to that inspired by "Cheshma-e-Nour" ("Eye of Light")[citation needed]. Releasing an album a year[citation needed], by the 1990s she re-established her reputation as a popular female vocalist amongst Persian audiences[citation needed]. Leila is very popular among Middle Eastern countries like Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kurdistan, Armenia and also in the United States. She has received appreciation from the Los Angeles mayor several times. Releasing an album a year, Leila has released more than 20 albums since she has started her singing career. One of her best sold album was “Planet of Harmony“, that consisted of famous songs in different languages like English, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Afghani, Armenian, Turkish, and Kurdish. Her albums are available in Tower Records and iTunes.[1] In 2005, Leila married a Los Angeles-based Iranian-American businessman in a ceremony that included many fellow singers and entertainers with whom she had made albums[citation needed]. Forouhar's nephew is American Muslim reformer Reza Aslan.[2] Live In Tajikistan In 2006, Leila Forouhar had a performance in Tajikistan for a celebration commemorating Aryan civilization.[citation needed] During three concerts that she performed there more than 40,000 people came at the concerts.[citation needed] Celebration of regarding Nowrouz In celebration of regarding Nowrouz as an international ceremony in the United Nations calendar (2010), Leila Forouhar performed a program as a representative of the Iranian Community with the presence of numerous US politicians as well as those of Middle East countries in the Thomas Jefferson congress Hall.[citation needed] Dolly Parton's Jolene Leila has covered Jolene, the most famous song composed and performed by Dolly Parton, in her album called Do Parande (The Two Birds, Persian: دو پرنده‎‎) in 1976. She is one of the first popular singers that has sung "Jolene" Leila Forouhar was born on February 23 in Isfahan, Iran, into an artist family. Her father , Jahangir Forouhar, already established a solid background in the Iranian entertainment industry. By the early 70’s he featured appearances in more than 80 movies in addition to his work in television and theater. Farangis Farahzadi , Leila’s mother, is also a well-known movie and theater actress.In addition to music, Leila was also an actress in many Persian movies of the 1960’s and 1970’s. She is more widely known as a singer than as an actress. From birth, Leila , as a little girl went on the stage to perform. She was on the stage with her father , mother, and the great actor of Iran’s theater, Arham Sadr, at the theater of Sepahan Isfahan. In 1962 , Leila initiated acting in movies like “ Wild Rooster “ , and “ Morad & Laleh “. She was well-known as a great artist in Iran and because of her age she was became known as a child star of Iran. Leila had the most brilliant acting in the movie “ Soltane Ghalbha “ directed by Mohammad Ali Fardin. Besides acting , Leila started to sing when she was only 14 years old and it has become the preface of a way has been continued until today. In 1974 , Leila released a self-titled music album , which sold out in some Middle Eastern countries like Afghanistan in less than a day. Two singels from the album , “ cheshmeye nour “ and “ eshgh mesle atish “ in particular where noted in entertainment magazine and praised by so many great musician of this time in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. She has released more than 60 songs before the Islamic Republic Revolution and after the revolution in 1979 she remained in Iran until 1986 but did not record or perform again due to the ban on solo female singers. She also initiated learning Persian classic music with presence of a great musician, Tajbakhsh in 1981. In 1986 Leila and her family moved to Turkey and from there to France and after 2 years living in France in 1988 they moved to the United States of America quickly established contact with Los Angeles based Iranian artist who had fled at the outbreak of the revolution. That same year , she released “Makhmal-e-Naz” and in 1989 “Hediyeh” (“ The Gift “), and the song “ Ey Del “ ( “Oh My Heart” ) became very popular, rekindling a craze similar to that inspired by “ Cheshmeye Nour”. By the 1990’s re-established her reputation as a popular female vocalist amongst Persian audiences and has performed in concerts all around the world and in so many well-known arenas like Shrine Auditorium, Kodak Theater , Universal Amphitheater , Oberhausen. Her last concert in Kodak Theater was in 2008. n, Iran) is a popular Iranian pop singer. She was also an actress before the Iranian Revolution. She relocated to Paris after the Iranian Revolution and then to Los Angeles in 1988. Leila is the daughter of the late Iranian actor Jahangir Forouhar, who had already established a solid background in the Iranian entertainment industry by the early 1970s. She speaks of the great influence her father had upon her interviews. She followed her father's career path into movies, beginning with minor roles in various movies that were based mainly on the social issues of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi[citation needed]. In time she became known as a child star, and with the release of Soltaneh Ghalbhaa (King of Hearts), her fame had already spread far abroad. As a teenager, she began modeling for top fashion magazines alongside acting, with roles in Ezteraab, Three Sisters and The Thirsty Ones. Leila has more than 47 films. Move to France With the outbreak of war with neighboring Iraq, the Iranian movie and music industry was foundering. Initially Forouhar family decided to stay in Tehran in hopes that the conclusion of the war would signify a return to the pre-revolutionary era[citation needed]. With the war drew stretched on, however, Leila decided to leave the country. During this time, much of the press speculated about Forouhar's possible comeback to singing, but Forouhar did not grant interviews, desiring to remain unobtrusive (assassinations of famous expatriates were common). Move to the United States In 1988 Forouhar and her family moved to the United States quickly establishing contact with Los Angeles based Iranian artists who had fled at the outbreak of the revolution. That same year, she released "Makhmal-e-Naz" and in 1989 "Hedieh" (