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Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary

1932 - 2001

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Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary (Persian: ثریا اسفندیاری بختیاری, romanized: Sorayâ Esfandiâri-Baxtiâri; 22 June 1932 – 26 October 2001) was Queen of the Imperial State 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 859,183 page views. Her biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary is the 84th most popular companion (up from 86th in 2019), the 49th most popular biography from Iran (up from 55th 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 84 out of 673Before her are Astrid of Sweden, Gülfem Hatun, Dinah, Mary of Teck, Yakov Dzhugashvili, and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. After her are Carlota of Mexico, Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain, Hortense de Beauharnais, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Mordred, and Josephine of Leuchtenberg.

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Among people born in 1932, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary ranks 16Before her are Johnny Cash, John Williams, Cesare Maldini, Abebe Bikila, Peter O'Toole, and Roh Tae-woo. After her are Anouk Aimée, Glenn Gould, Dian Fossey, Sylvia Plath, Fernando Botero, and Víctor Jara. Among people deceased in 2001, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary ranks 8Before her are Tove Jansson, George Harrison, Josef Bican, Ahmad Shah Massoud, Claude Shannon, and Jorge Amado. After her are Jack Lemmon, Herbert A. Simon, Didi, Christiaan Barnard, Sabiha Gökçen, and Léopold Sédar Senghor.

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Among people born in Iran, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary ranks 49 out of 528Before her are Saadi Shirazi (1210), Astyages (-700), Abolhassan Banisadr (1933), Yazdegerd III (624), Rashid-al-Din Hamadani (1247), and Hassan Rouhani (1948). After her are Mohammad Mosaddegh (1882), Abu al-Wafa' Buzjani (940), Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (1956), Abbas Kiarostami (1940), Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi (903), and Báb (1819).

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