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Also Known As: Pari Vaziri-Tabar Died:
Born: May 11, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tehran, IR Profession: actress

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The star of a number of politically controversial feature films in her native Iran during the 1970s, actress Shohreh Aghdashloo had to wait another 20 years before she resumed her career momentum with acclaimed screen performances in American films and television. At the age of 51, she emerged onto the international stage with her Oscar-nominated supporting performance as the wife of a former Iranian military officer reduced to working-class status upon the family's immigration to America in "House of Sand and Fog" (2003). From there, the actress was cast in many roles as highly educated, sophisticated professionals on primetime dramas and in films, including "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006). Aghdashloo also maintained a commitment to Iranian social and political issues with productions like "Maryam" (2002) and "The Stoning of Soraya M." (2008), which showcased her powerful screen presence and a versatility that helped break down the Western screen's limited notions about Middle-Eastern life and women.

The star of a number of politically controversial feature films in her native Iran during the 1970s, actress Shohreh Aghdashloo had to wait another 20 years before she resumed her career momentum with acclaimed screen performances in American films and television. At the age of 51, she emerged onto the international stage with her Oscar-nominated supporting performance as the wife of a former Iranian military officer reduced to working-class status upon the family's immigration to America in "House of Sand and Fog" (2003). From there, the actress was cast in many roles as highly educated, sophisticated professionals on primetime dramas and in films, including "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006). Aghdashloo also maintained a commitment to Iranian social and political issues with productions like "Maryam" (2002) and "The Stoning of Soraya M." (2008), which showcased her powerful screen presence and a versatility that helped break down the Western screen's limited notions about Middle-Eastern life and women.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rosewater (2014)
3.
 No Game, The (2010)
6.
 Camel Wars, The (2007)
7.
8.
 Lake House, The (2006)
9.
10.
 American Dreamz (2006)
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Began acting career, performing in numerous plays with Theater Workshops in Iran
1976:
Acted in "Shatranje Bad" (loosely translated "Chess With the Wind"), directed by Mohammad Reza Aslani; film was banned in her home country
1977:
Appeared in the family drama "Gozaresh" ("The Report"), helmed by world renowned director Abbas Kia-Rostami
1978:
Appeared in "Sootah Delaan (Heart-brokens)"; helmed by legendary Iranian writer/director, Ali Hatami; film was banned in her home country
1978:
Emigrated to Britain, where she completed her education and continued acting in the theater
1987:
Acted in Los Angeles stage productions, where she met her future husband
2003:
Received International acclaim portraying Ben Kingsley's wife in Vadim Perelman's "House of Sand and Fog"; earned a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination
2005:
Joined the fourth season of the Fox drama "24" as a member of a terrorist cell
2005:
Co-starred with Tom Wilkinson and Laura Linney in "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
2006:
Cast in Paul Weitz's political satire "American Dreamz"
2006:
Played Dr. Kavita Rao in the third installment of the "X-Men" series "X-Men: The Last Stand"
2006:
Joined the short-lived CBS crime drama "Smith"
2006:
Cast in Catherine Hardwicke's biblical film "The Nativity Story"
2008:
Appeared in the coming-of-age drama "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2"
2008:
Portrayed Saddam's first wife in "House of Saddam," a co-production between BBC and HBO films about the rise and fall of Saddam Hussein
2009:
Portrayed the aunt of the film's title character in "The Stoning of Soraya M."; based on the true story and adapted from French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam's 1994 novel of the same name
2011:
Co-starred in the science fiction thriller "The Adjustment Bureau"
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husband:
Houshang Touzie. Actor/playwright. Married in 1987.

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