Googoosh’s 70th birthday

On the brink of international superstardom, Googoosh was suddenly hidden from the public eye. As the 1979 Iranian Revolution ushered in radical change, Googoosh initially fled the country, quickly realizing she could not be away from home. Returning three months later, she lived in silence—first, in prison, then, on house arrest. She was unable to perform, as a woman singer, under the regime’s policies for close to half of her career.