8 Things You Didn’t Know About Fatma Girik

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Fatma Girik Biography

Fatma Girik is a Turkish actress and politician who was born on 12th December 1942. She is known for her adorable acting skills and the way she performed in the movies. Also, she is an award-winning actress and received numerous awards and honors throughout her career life. However, here’s a great chance to know more about the veteran actress, and we are presenting 8 amazing things that you probably didn’t know about her.

She is no longer with us, she dies at the age of 79 on January 24, 2022. Fatma Girik died of multiple organ failure in a private hospital in Istanbul, Turkey. In the same hospital, she was being treated for COVID-19, according to the hospital management.

Fatma Girik

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Fatma Girik

1- Fatma Girik’s Family Background

She was born and raised in Cankurtaran, a slum area of Istanbul. She is the first child of her father Hayri Girik, a fisherman and a driver, and Munevver Girik. Also, she has a brother named Gunay Girik, who is also an actor and is known for Insan Avcisi (1975), Kilibik (1983) and Bitmeyen Sevda (1986). However, her mother worked in a textile factory until she gave birth to Fatma.

2- Her Educational History

She has done her graduation from Cağaloğlu Girls High School in Istanbul. After completing her studies, she decided to join showbiz and started getting many offers to work in movies.

3- Her Acting Debut

She made her acting debut with ‘Gunahkar Baba’ which means ‘Sinful Father’. The role she played was a walking lady in front of the camera. It was her first movie which was directed by Asravir Alyanak.

4- Rise To Fame

After playing minor roles, she moved forward with a leading role in Leke (The Stain) which was directed by Seyfi Havaeri. The film was released in 1958. After getting a huge success, she became the most appealing star of the Turkish cinema.

5- She Has Acted In More Than 180 Films

Three years later, she became an honored and adorable film star with her leading role in ‘Olum Pesimizde’ which means ‘Death is chasing us’. The film was directed by Memduh Un. During her entire career, she acted in more than 180 movies.

6- Her Political Career

After leaving the Turkish cinema, she then decided to join Politics. After some time, she became a mayor of the district of Sisli in Istanbul. She spent her long phase of life in politics ranging from 1989 to 1994.

7- Awards And Honors

She is an award-winning actress who has won numerous awards for her best performances in a variety of movies. Also, she has won 2nd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 1965, Keşanlı Ali Destanı, Best Actress, 4th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 1967, Surtugun Kızı, Best Actress, 1st Adana Golden Boll Film Festival 1969, Ezo Gelin, Best Actress,  and one of her biggest achievement is 35th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 1998, Surtugun Kızı, Lifetime honorary award.

8- Her Love Life

Fatma was associated with a love connection with a footballer – Varol Urkmez, who was a goalkeeper of Besiktas JK in 1950. After a few years, they ended up the relationship and parted their ways. Later on, she met with producer Memduh Un, with whom she attached and decided to live with. She stayed with him illegally till his death in 2015. However, the couple couldn’t officially marry because Memduh Un’s wife refused a divorce.

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