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Soraya, the second wife of Shah of Iran, dies.

Soraya Esfandiari Bakhtiari, the second wife of the former Shah of Iran, has died in Paris. She was 69.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

The former princess, renowned for her beauty, married Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi 50 years ago after his divorce from Egyptian Princess Fawzia, sister of King Farouk. The childless marriage lasted seven years. Though she lost the title of empress, the shah conferred on her the title of 'royal princess' at the time of the divorce.

Pahlavi later married a young French-educated architecture student, Farah, who then became empress, bearing four children during their two-decade-long marriage.

Soraya never remarried. She travelled extensively in Europe, aspiring at one point to a movie career. The story of her divorce, which was due to the fact that she had not produced children, inspired French songwriter Francoise Mallet-Jorris to write Je Veux Pleurer Comme Soraya (I Want to Cry Like Soraya).
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Oct 26, 2001
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