Youssra's ability to tackle taboo issues has
made her Egypt's highest paid actress

On this week's One on One, meet the charming and legendary Youssra.

Her ability to tackle taboo issues has made her Egypt's highest paid actress - though acclaim from the critics has also come with anger from religious conservatives.

That does not stop her pushing the boundaries of the Arab film industry.
 
Her willingness to embrace controversial topics has earned her respect, but also landed her in court as conservative Islamists accused her of dressing too sexy.
 
She has made her mark quickly since her debut film, in 1980. Intelligent But Stupid brought her together in the first of many duets with renowned fellow Egyptian actor, Adel Emam and helped make her a household name.
 
Working with celebrated director, Youssef Chahine, on his Alexandria trilogy, also brought Youssra acclaim and awards.
 
Her work as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador keeps her busy nowadays, supporting the rights of children, but Youssra also continues to use the power of the cinema to push the boundaries of social reform.

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This episode of One on One aired on Saturday, March 29, 2008


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