Sunday, July 12, 2015

Goodbye Omar Sharif

I think I first saw Omar Sharif in Funny Girl.  He seemed dangerously sexy.  A man who kept his distance from Barbra Streisand's Fanny Brice character, until she reached a riper age for deflowering.  At that point, he was calling for action.  Whew!

I saw him later in Doctor Zhivago, my mom being a fan of that, Camelot, etc., I found myself drawn in as well.  Zhivago sealed the deal in my admiration of Sharif.  He was a gorgeous man, a tortured soul (hmm, I wonder if that fed into my obsession with Russian history).  Anyhow, I was very saddened by the announcement of his death.  He lived a good, long life, and I thank him for his simmering, feeling, slow-burning roles.  He was an incredible talent.

Check out Robert Berkvist's excellent "New York Times" tribute article HERE.

Oil Pastel, ink, acrylic, watercolor

Omar Sharif and Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl Scene
"You Are Woman, I Am Man, Let's Kiss"


  1. Sad day indeed. It breaks my heart every time, the final scene in Zhivago where he sees Lara. Just once, I wish she could have seen him too, and that he could have died in her arms. You captured him well, smoldering, intense, magnetic.

  2. Oh, I know what you mean, Sheila! You want to look, look! It's such a beautiful show, but heartbreaking, too. Thank you so much for your compliment!