Original photograph signed 'Fatma Girik'.

Original photograph signed 'Fatma Girik'.

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FATMA GIRIK, (Turkish actress), (1942-).

Stüdyo Yasar., Beyoglu - Istanbul, [c. 1950s].

Original b/w photograph signed and inscribed by Fatma Girik as 'Semih'e candan sevgiler'. 14x9 cm. In Turkish. Taken by Stüdyo Yasar, Yasar Göksoy Fotografçilik in Beyoglu in ca. the 1950s. Fatma Girik is a Turkish actress and politician. Together with Hülya Koçyigit, Filiz Akin, and Türkan Soray, she is an icon for a golden age in Turkish cinematography and is regarded as one of the four most important actresses in Turkish cinema. Cüneyt Arkin and Fatma Girik are one of the famous partners of Yesilçam Turkish cinema. She graduated from Cagaloglu Girls High School in Istanbul. Her first appearance in front of the camera was as a walking lady in Günahkar Baba (Sinful Father) by Arsavir Alyanak. After a stint in small parts, she landed the leading role in Leke (The Stain) by Seyfi Havaeri in 1958. Three years later she became a respected movie star with her leading role in Ölüm Pesimizde (Death is Chasing Us) by Memduh Ün. She went on to star in over 180 films. Later on, she ventured into politics, becoming mayor of the district of Sisli in Istanbul between 1989-94.