Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary

1932 - 2001

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Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary (Persian: ثریا اسفندیاری بختیاری‎, romanized: Sorayâ Esfandiyâri-Baxtiyâri; 22 June 1932 – 26 October 2001) was the queen consort of Iran as the second wife of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, whom she married in 1951. Their marriage suffered many pressures, particularly when it became clear that she was infertile. She rejected the Shah’s suggestion that he might take a second wife in order to produce an heir, as he rejected her suggestion that he might abdicate in favor of his half-brother. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary has received more than 503,790 page views. Her biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary is the 86th most popular companion (up from 88th in 2019), the 55th most popular biography from Iran (up from 56th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Iranian Companion.

Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary was a Persian woman who was married to the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. She was a writer and an advocate for women's rights.

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Among companions, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary ranks 86 out of 687Before her are Catherine of Austria, Queen of Portugal, Hecuba, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Yakov Dzhugashvili, and Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain. After her are Isabella of Austria, Maria Feodorovna, Hortense de Beauharnais, Athaliah, Elisabeth Farnese, and Josephine of Leuchtenberg.

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Among people born in 1932, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary ranks 20Before her are Peter O'Toole, Gerhard Richter, Anouk Aimée, Anthony Perkins, Glenn Gould, and Dian Fossey. After her are Fernando Botero, Little Richard, Sylvia Plath, Víctor Jara, Roy Scheider, and Camilo Cienfuegos. Among people deceased in 2001, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary ranks 10Before her are Didi, Jorge Amado, Claude Shannon, Josef Bican, Herbert A. Simon, and Sabiha Gökçen. After her are Jack Lemmon, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Christiaan Barnard, Iannis Xenakis, Ahmad Shah Massoud, and Ernst Gombrich.

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Among people born in Iran, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary ranks 55 out of 463Before her are Shams Tabrizi (1185), Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi (903), Rashid-al-Din Hamadani (1247), Antiochus I Soter (-324), Attar of Nishapur (1145), and Cyrus I (-690). After her are Xerxes II of Persia (-500), Bayazid Bastami (804), Sogdianus of Persia (-500), Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (1956), Ghazan (1271), and Abbas Kiarostami (1940).

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Among companions born in Iran, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary ranks 3Before her are Salman the Persian (568) and Tughril (990). After her are Shahnaz Pahlavi (1940) and Leila Pahlavi (1970).