As 'Fog' Lifts, an Iranian Actress to Watch Emerges
By Roger Moore
AVENTURA, Fla. -- Shohreh Aghdashloo leans forward, wide-eyed and smiling, and envelops the listener with the sexiest voice this side of Garbo.
"Sho-RAY OCK-dosh-loo," she says, guiding the pronunciation of her Persian name.
"My husband just said, 'Stop dreaming.' But in the dream land, the United States, dreams do come true, if you are ready to devote yourself to them. If you love it enough to stick to it," she said.
Her adoptive country was very welcoming, she says, when she fled here after the shah was deposed in 1979.
"I knew I was going to have to live in the West for quite a long time," she says. "You could sense where Iran was going, the Islamic republic to come. The clerics were everywhere. When I left, I studied not the arts but international relations, politics. I wanted to be able to help my people, even from outside Iran."
As the years passed, she acted mostly for her fellow Iranians. She found that, eventually, most Americans forgot where her country was. Until Sept. 11, 2001.
Sadly, now Americans know much more about the Middle East," she says. "Still, they do not know the difference between Persian and Arab." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50891-2004Jan2.html