In Memory of Princess Leila Pahlavi (27 March 1970 – 10 June 2001)

In Memory of Princess Leila Pahlavi (27 March 1970 – 10 June 2001)
by Darius Kadivar

It's Nine Years that the Lovely Yet Lonely Princess of Iranzamin passed away. Rest In Peace Leila Jaan ...

Yves Montand - Les Feuilles Mortes:

Photo Tribute and Music:

Unforgetable - Nat King Cole:


Related Photo Essay:

MEETING FARAH: Photo Essay- Pleasure of meeting Her Majesty in person for the very First Time by Darius KADIVAR (June 12th, 2008)

Recommended Readings:

Remembering Princess Leila by Darius KADIVAR (June 10th, 2007)

Crown of Lilies by Cyrus KADIVAR (

Crown jewel: What we are offered in the memory of our fragile Princess, is a lesson in love by Reza Bayegan (March 28, 2005)


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roushan boodam

Darius, I already showed you this quite a while back,

by roushan boodam on

but I'll post it here. It's my poem about Leila. It's basically my personal journey with her through her 'sleep' to her death. There are references in it which are all true (e.g. she was a runway model, her doctor was Dr. Iqbal, she went to Brown...). Also I recently edited it to make the mythic element clearer. The stanza toward the end should read:

and then in the original myth, the two hermaphrodites fashioned from the dirt beneath the ocean’s fingernails, with the help of the ever-faithful servant,

remove Innana from Ereshkigal's peg, steal her away from h dark sister's home

and waft her back up to the sky.




Triste anniversaire

by Quebeqi on

I can't forget that sad day. Especially since I share the same birthday, although not the same year, with the late Princess. May she rests in peace.


As with millions of children and youth in Iran

by oktaby on

whose best years and future was robbed, they did not deserve what they got with the shame of 79 


Anahid Hojjati

DK jan, thanks for all the information about Farahnaz

by Anahid Hojjati on

Dear Darius, you are right. The girls have not coped as well as their two brothers. You are also correct about Farahnaz being very cute in her teens. I hope everything goes well for her.

Darius Kadivar

Anahid Jaan I think that's because she suffers more or less

by Darius Kadivar on

from Anorexia ... Very much like Leila she has had similar food related disorders. In her case fortunately it's been less dramatic.

But apparently the girls to a great degree suffered the blow of exile more than their two brothers.

Maybe emotionally more fragile or insecure ...

She is a very private person but those who have met her have told me that they found her very easy going, kind and not at all pretentious or a Show off. 

She has worked however as a psychologist or therapist in NY, since she graduated with a PhD or something like that in the field. I think she has been working as a nurse or assistent in a private clinic for some years too. Dunno if she continues to do so.

It's sad cause she was Very Cute in her teens ...


Anahid Hojjati

Dear DK, Farahnaz looked very thin in a picture

by Anahid Hojjati on

Dear DK, a while ago, I saw a picture of Farahnaz and she was extremely skinny. Do you know if she is OK? Is this is a case of just getting too thin for fashion?