Dancer Samia Gamal

The pictures of the camel were probably tossed out with Ray’s other effects and memorabilia when he was arrested for murder in Texas in the late 1960s. I’m still hoping someone out there might turn up a photo of Duke, Samia, and the camel someday. In 1949, Egypt’s King Farouk proclaimed Samia Gamal “The National Dancer of Egypt”, which brought US attention to the dancer. In 1950, Samia came to the US and was photographed by Gjon Mili. She also performed in the Latin Quarter, New York’s trendy nightclub. She later married the so-called “Texas millionaire” Shepherd King III, whom, it was later reported only had about $50,000. However, their marriage did not last long.