By: Yara Tarek
She’s well known for being the intractable mother or mother-in-law we all adore. One can never forget her constant nagging or way of talking that made us pee in our pants from laughing. She’s Mary Mounib, and today would have been her 114th birthday. For this special occasion, Identity decided to remember her best moments.
She started her career as a dancer and a singer. Her first theater performance was at the age of 14, where she panicked and couldn’t pronounce a single word. “I started shivering thinking yammy and just lay down on the stage floor…They literally dragged me out to the backstage”. Her breakthrough was later in her 30s when she joined El Rehany’s group in 1937. She was introduced to the world through cinema and theater as the mother-in-law who’s all about sabotaging her children’s lives by interfering way too much.
Her Long Legacy of Comedy
She made nearly 200 movies and got really famous for her stereotypical depiction of the traditional Egyptian mother-in-law, and the funniest one if we must say.
Her Best Moments on Screen
Her very unique laughter.
Her beautiful moment in “This Is Love” when she was carefully inspecting her son’s potential future wife…this was actually something normal back in the day. Some mothers did that in real which is why this was so hilarious.
Her stinging comments were just awesome; why did we stop using them? This one is a classic.
and more stinging comments, that were just full of pure hatred.
Her life lessons that we’re still living by, simply advising to never trust men.
Does your son-in-law carry you when you’re tired? No, he’s not a keeper. Fouad El Mohandes was so desperate to get his mother-in-law Mary Mounib’s blessings that he carried her to pick up the phone in the famous movie “A Husband’s Confessions”.
Her best facial expressions.
She had a special way of expressing her shock.
Her very famous way of saying “Neeeelllaa“.
You must be smiling right now while reading this; we know we are. She left us great movies that we will cherish forever. Even Google celebrated her memory, which made us really happy. She deserves all the love…R.I.P beautiful Mary Mounib.