pictory: Soraya The New Queen of Sheba (1953)


pictory: Soraya The New Queen of Sheba (1953)
by Darius Kadivar

Queen Soraya on cover of  US People Magazine TEMPO. Presented as the New Queen of Sheba.  7/27 1953

The Queen of Sheba ( Hebrew: 'מלכת שבאMalkat Shva),Ge'ez: ንግሥተ ሳባ Nigista Saba, Arabic: ملكة سبأMalikat Sabaʾ, was the woman who ruled the ancient kingdom of Sheba and is referred to in Habeshan history, the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Qur'an.

The location of the historical kingdom may have included part or all of modern day Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Yemen.

Gina Lollobrigida and Yul Brynner in Solomon and Sheba (1959):

Ending of the movie in Technicolor (Warning Spoiler):


Prior to his death, King David has a vision from God, in which he's told that Solomon (Yul Brynner), King David's younger son, should succeed him in the throne. His other son Adonijah is not happy with the decision, and swears he'll get the throne. King Solomon is wise and benevolent, but is seen as a threat for other monarchs. The Egyptian Pharaoh, the Queen of Sheba (Gina Lollobrigida), and Adonijah, plot against Solomon to divide the Twelve Tribes of Israel, but the Queen of Sheba falls in love with Solomon too, and decides to fight by his side, against the Egyptian Pharaoh.


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Thanks Darius,

by MiNeum71 on

You sniffed out a great pic again ;)  What a pity that she couldn't give Shah the children he needed; I guess Shah wouldn't have gone berserk with Soraya as his wife - instead of that naive, bigheaded, stupid chick called Farah.