Notable deaths: Singer-actress Bernadette Nolan and Princess Fawzia, wife of shah

July 5, 2013
Bernadette Nolan
singer

Bernadette Nolan, a member of the singing sister act the Nolans, which was best known for the worldwide 1979 disco hit “I’m In the Mood For Dancing,” died July 4, it was reported from London. She was 52.

The cause was cancer, said the singer’s management agency, Urban Associates.

Universally known as Bernie, Ms. Nolan was born in Dublin and raised in Blackpool, in northwestern England. She began performing with her family when she was a child.

The Nolans began their popular rise in the early 1970s and accompanied Frank Sinatra on his 1975 European tour.

Ms. Nolan left the group in 1994 to focus on an acting career. She had a role on the soap opera “Brookside” and parts in stage musicals that included “Blood Brothers” and “Chicago.”

Princess Fawzia
Shah’s wife

Princess Fawzia, a member of Egypt’s last royal family and the first wife of Iran’s later-deposed monarch, died July 2 in Alexandria, Egypt. She was 92.

The death was confirmed by Paris-based Iranian opposition groups, which did not disclose the cause.

Princess Fawzia was the daughter of King Fuad I of Egypt, who ruled until 1936. Her brother and nephew later rose to the throne before the monarchy was toppled in 1953.

In 1939, Princess Fawzia married Iran’s crown prince, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who ascended to the throne in 1941 and was overthrown in the 1979 Islamic Revolution. They divorced by the late 1940s after having one daughter.

Princess Fawzia married an Egyptian army officer in 1949.

— From news services

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