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Google Doodle pays homage to Lebanese diva Sabah

Search engine celebrates what would be Lebanese singer's 90th birthday

Google is celebrating the Lebanese icon Sabah's 90th birthday.
Google is celebrating the Lebanese icon Sabah's 90th birthday.

Wondering who the smiling honey-haired lady is in today's Google Doodle?

Some called her Shahroura, others the "Elizabeth Taylor of Arabia", but the majority know her as Al Ostoora - the legend.

It's none other than Sabah, the Lebanese singer who sat at the very top of the entertainment world during the Golden Era of Egyptian cinema in the 1940s and 50s.

Born Jeanette Gergi Feghali, in 1927, in Bdadoun, Lebanon, to a Catholic family. She took the stage name Sabah, meaning morning and shot to fame for her 'honey voice" and her pushing the envelope in lifestyle and fashion.

Her career spanned 60 years and she was the first Arabic singer to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

She earned her moniker the "Elizabeth Taylor of Arabia" through her numerous marriages, thought to be at least seven.

Sabah died in 2014, aged 87. In the early years of social media, her health and (im)mortality was often a topic of false reporting. “I have lived enough,” she often quipped.

Today, we look back nodding in agreement. Yes, you did.

Updated: November 10, 2017 01:57 PM