Who is Türkan Şoray?

Who is Turkan Soray
Who is Turkan Soray

Türkan Şoray (born June 28, 1945, Istanbul), Turkish actor, screenwriter and director. He is known with the nickname "Sultan" in Turkish cinema. She met cinema in the 1960s and received her first cinema award at the 1964 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, with the most successful actress award for the movie Acı Hayat. Türkan Şoray, who starred in 222 films in total, is the world's 'most film-making' actress with this number. Şoray goodwill ambassador for UNICEF Turkey on March 12, 2010 elected, "There is nothing that can not be done with love, I think. "If we combine power with love, we can overcome many problems." There is also a primary school named after Şoray.

Together with the movie actors Hülya Koçyiğit, Filiz Akın and Fatma Girik, she is considered to be one of the four important actresses who left their mark on Turkish cinema for a period. Among these quartet, Şoray, who is the only film actor to make a director, is the 1972's Return with Kadir İnanır in the lead role, The Judge of Bodrum (1976), Azap (1973), and the 2015 production of Search Away; He also directed the 1981 film Yılanı Öldürseler with Şerif Gören. Türkan Şoray stated in an interview she gave in June 2018 that she quit acting on the grounds that "good scenarios did not come before her".


Born in Eyüpsultan district of Istanbul, Türkan Şoray is the first child of a civil servant family. His father's side is from Kabardian Circassians, his mother's side is a Thessaloniki immigrant. Şoray's father, who had two more sisters named Nazan and Figen, passed away. Şoray, who graduated from the middle department of Fatih Girls High School and stepped into the cinema with the support of his mother Meliha Şoray (1927-1984), lived together with the former vice president of Galatasaray Rüçhan Adlı (1962-1923) for 1995 years in 20. The couple, who broke up and reconciled several times during this period, separated their ways because Rüçhan Adlı did not divorce her husband. Türkan Şoray did not leave Adlı, who was hospitalized in August 1995, alone until her last moments. He married actor Cihan Ünal in 1983 and separated in 1987 and they had a daughter named Yağmur from this marriage.


Yeşilçam years
While still studying at the secondary school of Fatih Girls' High School, Türkan Şoray, who went to a film set with Emel Yıldız, the daughter of the hosts in Karagümrük and later known as "Panter Emel" in Turkish cinema, stepped into Yeşilçam with the encouragement of Türker İnanoğlu. . Instead of Emel Yıldız, she also starred with Baki Tamer in the 10 film Köyde Bir Kız Sevdim, which means the beginning of Şoray's career. Türkan Şoray explains her memory about her starting to act in cinema as follows:

“Before we entered the cinema, a movie set came to our neighborhood. They were going to shoot a set of the movie in our neighborhood. When I saw the leading woman, I said 'what a beautiful woman she is'. This woman was Muhterem Nur. While I was looking at it in such a puzzled way, a man came up to me and said, 'Would you like to play in the movies?' asked. I got scared and immediately ran home. I later learned that this man was also Memduh Ün. At that time I ran away from the movie set, but then the movie sets became my life. ” He says.

It was an important step in his career for the actor who played Acı Hayat movie “Manicurist Nermin” with Şoray and Ekrem Bora, directed by Metin Erksan and directed by Metin Erksan, who brought Şoray the first Golden Orange award [1964]. In 12, Şoray won the second Golden Orange Award in his career with Vesikalı Yarim, a screenplay written by Safa Önal, inspired by Sait Faik Abasıyanık's story "Menekşeli Vadi". He said:

“It is a miraculous thing for me to have worked with Lütfi Akad, a director whose place in Turkish cinema is hard to fill. He was telling me, 'Türkan, you will play with your eyes. Lütfi Akad taught me to play with my eyes. "
--Türkan Şoray, 2013 (Istanbul Film Festival)

After Yeşilçam
Dozens of male cinema actors accompanied Şoray in films where actors with a leading wife were successful. In the words of the critic Agah Özgüç, in several classic Şoray films, a poster was printed as if it had not been published but was broadcast to the audience in order to deceive the audience and earn more money. Although there are Türkan Şoray and Kemal Sunal on the poster of the 1980 film, I will Donataccording the Handle of My Pistol, in which Şoray starred with Ediz Hun, there is a film Güllü Geliyor Güllü, played by Ediz Hun and Türkan Şoray. Kemal Sunal is just an extra actress. Later, the same movie as Kemal Sunal became popular was re-published with another name, another poster. One of the interesting events is the film Keşanlı Ali and Ali, the name of the cinematographer, is called “Keşanlı Ali” because it is written in capital letters under Keşanlı on the movie poster.

One of Şoray's interesting cinematic experiences was the slap she received from Ülkü Erakalın, who brought her and Filiz Akın together in the film Sinahkâr Kadın, during a film shoot when she was just 17 years old.

In the 1990s, he started to concentrate on his work on television series, and the most prominent and long-lasting works he made were Second Bahar, which he shared with Şener Şen, and Tatlı Hayat, which he shared with Haluk Bilginer.


He has appeared in 222 films to date. Türkan Şoray presented her first television show, Sinema Benim Aşkım (2010-2011), which was broadcast on NTV with her guests and talked about her cinema career. Şoray tells about the movie actors and his career in the program.


  • 1964: 1964 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Best Actress Award, Bitter life
  • 1968: 1968 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Best Actress Award, Vesican Yarim
  • 1972: 5th Golden Boll Film Festival - Most successful actress, Prisoner
  • 1972: 1st Golden Butterfly Awards, Best Actress Award
  • 1973: Moscow Film Festival (Russia) - Special Award, Return
  • 1978: Tashkent Film Festival - International Aytmatov Club Traditional Award (Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım)
  • 1987: 1987 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival - Best Actress (My Dreams, My Love and You)
  • 1990: 2nd Izmir Film Festival - Golden Artemis Honor Award
  • 1991: The Republic of Turkey State Artist title
  • 1992: 8th Bastia Mediterranean Cinemas Festival - Best Actress, It Was Cold and The Rain Was Drilling
  • 1994: 6th Ankara International Film Festival - Labor Award
  • 1994: 1994 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival - Best Actress, For Love's Sake
  • 1996: 15th International Istanbul Film Festival - Cinema Honorary Award
  • 1999: Rome Film Festival - Grand Prize
  • 1999: 2nd Flying Broom Women's Film Festival - Woman Director Award
  • 2000: Marmara University Faculty of Communication - Top Students 2000 Award
  • 2001: Academy Istanbul - The Most Successful Artist of the Year Award
  • 2008: 35th Golden Butterfly Award Ceremony - Golden Butterfly 35th Year Special Award
  • 2009: Sadri Alışık Awards - Honorary Award
  • 2013: Unimpeded Life Foundation - Turkish Cinema Outstanding Achievement Award
  • 2013: 11th Turkish Film Festival - Honorary Award


  • “Sinemam ve Me” (autobiography), Türkan Şoray, NTV Publications, 2012, Istanbul.

Music albums

  • Türkan Şoray Says (2015)


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