Neyyire Neyir (Münire Eyüp Ertuğrul)
Date of Birth: 1902
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Date of Death: 13/02/1943 1943
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Field of Activity
The actor Vasfi Rıza Zobu, who was also born in 1902, the same year as Neyyire Neyir tells how he met her:
" The producer Mr Muhsin Ertuğrul decided to hire Muslim actresses for the lead characters, Ayse and Kezban, in the film "Ateşten Gömlek" (The Daughter of Smyrna). Bedia Muvahhit, from the conservatory theatre group, was selected for the role of Ayşe. When Muhsin Ertuğrul couldn't find a second Muslim actress, he advertised in the newspaper. The next day he received one application. Kemal Film's office was in Sirkeci, on top of the "Ali Efendi" cinema . That day I saw Neyyire at the office. She was still at college but she applied for the role. In the office they told me she was waiting for Mr Ertuğrul."
(Vasfi Riza Zobu)
Milliyet İlkler Ansiklopedisi, İstanbul, 1985, p. 289.
Neyyire Neyir, like Bedia Muvahhit, is one of the first two Turkish Muslim film actresses in the republican period. In 1923 Neyyire Neyir and Bedia Muvahhit, two young Muslim women, acted together in the film "Ateşten gömlek". The screenplay was adapted from Halide Edip Adıvar`s novel "Ateşten Gömlek" (1922; The Daughter of Smyrna) and the film was directed by Muhsin Ertugrul.
In "Ateşten Gömlek", Neyyire Neyir played the role of Ayse, and Bedia Muvahhit the part of Kezban. Theater actress Kınar Sıvacıyan also appeared in this film.
After this first experience as actress Neyyire Neyir performed in many films but mainly she acted in the theatre in Istanbul and Izmir.
Neyyire Neyir the editor
Neyyire published the theater magazine Perde ve Sahne (Curtain and Stage) from 1941 till her death in 1943.
American Girls College, Istanbul (did not graduate)
Girls Teachers Academy, Istanbul
Contributions to Society
Family and Friends
Street Name in Her Memory
Neyire Neyir Street (Neyyire Neyir Sokağı) is in Bahçelievler, İstanbul.
Sources of Visual Images
Translation into English: Emre Aslay, Chicago Illinois, USA Editing: Lyndall von Dewitz, Oberasbach, Germany ©2012 Meral Akkent