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Leila Forouhar

Leila Forouhar
Background information
Native name لیلا فروهر
Born (1959-02-23) 23 February 1959
Isfahan, Iran
Genres Dance, Pop
Occupation(s) singer, model, actress
Years active 1964–present
Labels Pars Video
Taraneh Records
Caltex Records

Leila Forouhar (Persian: لیلا فروهر‎, born 23 February 1959 in Isfahan, Iran) is a legendary Iranian pop singer. She was an actress before the Iranian Revolution also. 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. In time she became known as a child star, and with the release of Soltaneh Ghalbhaa (King of Hearts), her fame had already spread to all three Persian countries Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. 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. 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, rekindling a craze similar to that inspired by "Cheshma-e-Nour" ("Eye of Light") . Releasing an album a year, by the 1990s she re-established her reputation as a popular female vocalist amongst Persian audiences.

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, Afghan, Armenian, Turkish, and Kurdish. Her albums are available in Tower Records and iTunes.

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. Forouhar's nephew is American Muslim reformer Reza Aslan.[1]

Live In Tajikistan

In 2006, Leila Forouhar had a performance in Tajikistan for a celebration commemorating Aryan civilization. During three concerts that she performed there more than 40,000 people came at the concerts.

Celebration of regarding Nowrouz

In Nowrouz of 1389 (2010) in celebration of regarding Nowrouz as an international ceremony in United Nation calendar, Leila Forouhar performed a great program as a representative of Iranian Community with presence of numerous politician of the United States and Middle East countries in Thomas Jefferson congress Hall.


Unknown Release

  • 1974: Hadis

Avang Records Releases

  • 1977: Leila Forouhar 2 (Ham Parvaz)

Caltex Records Releases

  • 1990: Hedieh (with Shahram Solati)
  • 1991: Shaans
  • 1994: Attal Mattal (with Ebi)
  • 1995: Tapesh
  • 1996: Saraab
  • 1997: Love Songs
  • 1997: Planet of Harmony
  • 1997: Dance Beat
  • 1998: Love Story
  • 1999: Didar (with Shahram Shabpareh)
  • 1999: Yek Samado Do Leila (soundtrack from the play "Yek Samado Do Leila")
  • 2000: Tasvir
  • 2001: Story of Yours, Story of Mine
  • 2003: Live in Concert at the Kodak Theatre
  • 2005: A Kiss
  • 2008: My Moon
  • 2012: From My Heart

Taraneh Record Releases

  • 1993: Hamsafar
  • 1994: Do Parandeh
  • 2012: From My Heart

Pars Video Releases

MZM Records Releases

  • 1992: Bahaaneh
  • 2008: Maahe Man

Other Records Releases

single Records Releases

  • 1970s: Entezaar
  • 1974: Delshoureh
  • 1975: Yeki Yepoole Khoroos
  • 1977: Zalzalak
  • 1992: Amad az rah fasle zibaye bahar
  • 1994: Telesm (With Shamaei zadeh)
  • 1995: Nefrin (with Mekabiz)
  • 1996: Zamin larzid
  • 1998: Iran barande mishe
  • 2001: Azadeh Irani
  • 2002: Mosabbeb
  • 2003: Sayad Nojva
  • 2006: Music (with 23 singer)
  • 2007: Iran Iran (with Omid Soltani)
  • 2007: The Memories (Dedicated to Mahasti)
  • 2009: Bedoon Iran Nemimir
  • 2010: Nowrooz
  • 2011: Do Parandeh (Remix)
  • 2013: Kashki
  • 2013: Eshgham
  • 2014: Ba To
  • 2014: Khayli Hasasam

Notable singles

Leila's Top Songs-People's Choice (Zirishk Poll 2008)
1 Maahe Man Maahe Man 2008
2 Hastrat Attal Mattal 1996
3 Khoob Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001
4 Kalaghaye Khabarcheen Leila Forouhar 1976
5 Keyfar Hamsafar 1993
6 Akharin Jofte Zamin Hadis 1974
7 Golhaye Lala-Abbasi Attal Mattal 1994
8 Tapesh Tapesh 1995
9 Shaans Shaans 1991
10 Chi Seda Konam Toro? Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001
11 Yek Booseh A Kiss 2005
12 Nazdiktar az Eshgh A Kiss 2005
13 Shamim Shaans 1991
14 Pardis A Kiss 2005
15 Pishkesh Love Story 1998
Leila's Top Songs-Critics' Choice (Zirishk Poll 2008)
1 Khabare Tazeh Attal Mattal 1996
2 Do Parandeh Leila Forouhar 1976
3 Iran Tapesh 1995
4 Azad Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001
5 Saraab Saraab 1996
6 Hoshdaar Tasvir 2000
7 Bahaaneh Bahaaneh 1992
8 Eshgh Mesle Atisheh Leila Forouhar 1976
9 Hamsafar Hamsafar 1993
10 Ghadima Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001


  • Rouzegar (VHS)
  • The Return (VHS)
  • Flashback (VHS)
  • A Kiss (DVD)
  • Live in Concert at the Kodak Theatre (DVD)
  • 4 DVD Collection #1


  • Khak
  • Soltaneh Ghalbhaa
  • Aramesh dar Hozooreh Digaraan
  • Baagheh Boloor
  • Shabeh Aftabi
  • Ezteraab
  • Four Sisters
  • The Thirsty Ones
  • Morad & laleh
  • Iman
  • The Beauty Sin
  • Golden Cage
  • The Springtime Connection


  • Leila Forouhar: Live in Concert at Kodak Theatre (Introduction by artist). California: Caltex Records. 2003 [2003]. B0007Y5HNE. 
  • "Leila Forouhar, Shohreh, or Helen: Whom Would You Pick as Best?". Tehran Magazine. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  • "Marriage of Entertainment Star Leila & Essi.". p.62-65 (Tehran Magazine). Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  • "Leila Forouhar: The Beloved Star". p. 72-73 (Tehran Magazine). Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  • "Interview with Leila Forouhar.". 57-59 (Tehran Magazine). Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  • "Leila Forouhar Gives Answers to Sent Questions". BBC Persian. 16 September 2004. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  • "Leila…A Kiss, A Marriage and Two Years". BBC Persian. 8 April 2005. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  • "Seventh Day". 2 April 2004. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  • "Seventh Day: Leila Forouhar". BBC Persian. 22 October 2004. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  • "Leila's Concerts in Tajikistan". BBC Persian. 15 April 2006. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 

External links

  • Leila Forouhar's Official Website
  • Leila Forouhar's Fan Club & News
  • Leila Forouhar's Official Fan page (Facebook)
  • Leila Forouhar's Videos
  • Leila Forouhar at the Internet Movie Database
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