Googoosh (Persian: گوگوش, born Faegheh Atashin) is an Iranian pop singer and actress.In the 1970s, Googoosh was considered the most celebrated recording artist in Iran. In addition to music, Googoosh was also an actress in many Persian films of the 1960s and 1970s. She is more widely known as a singer than as an actress. After the Iranian Revolution in 1979 she remained in Iran until 2000 but did not record or perform again due to the ban on solo female singers. Still, her following grew. Younger people have rediscovered her music via bootleg recordings of her music. Outside of Iran, she has a significant following in many Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California and continues her career, albeit in a limited manner.Googoosh began singing and acting at a young age with her father, Saber.Googoosh was born 'Faegheh Atashin' on 5 May 1950 on Sarcheshmeh Street, in an old, worn-down part of Tehran. While Googoosh was still an infant, her father divorced her mother. She began doing impersonations of some of the singers of the time. When her father discovered this talent, he put her on stage.In 2000, a feature-length documentary called Googoosh: Iran's Daughter was released which chronicled the singer's life and her icon-status while detailing the socio-political turmoil that led to the 1979 Revolution in Iran. Made by Iranian-American filmmaker Farhad Zamani, the documentary began production in 1998 and was made at a time when Googoosh was still forbidden to perform or grant interviews. The tagline of the movie is Her silence made her the voice of a nation.On March 21 and 24 for the year during Norouz holiday Googoosh performed in Dubai. This concert was considered a homecoming for her since thousands of Iranians crossed the Persian Gulf to hear her.Googoosh's first album released after her return was Zartosht (Zoroaster); she has had four more record-breaking albums since then, including QQBangBang, Last News, Manifest, and Shabe Sepid with Mehrdad Asemani released in March of this year.
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