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Veteran Iranian actress Mehri Mehrnia honored

Photos: Mona Hobefekr, ISNA

TEHRAN, Nov. 12 (Mehr News Agency) - Iranian figures of stage honored veteran actress Mehri Mehrnia at Tehran Theater Complex Saturday night, accidentally marking her 90th birthday anniversary.

Mehrnia has made a symbolic appearance in Hossein Saharkhiz-directed play "The World of Women" staged at the complex where the Dramatic Arts General director Hossein Parsaii, Iran's House of Theater director Iraj Rad, and a group of artists were also present.

Addressing the attendees, Rad said the actress's performance even at this age is the emblematic of her love and devotion to the art form.

"She is acting while she needs to rest. Her cause is admirable. Stage artists have always made sacrifices to their job."

Mehrnia also thanked the organizers and audience, expressing delight over her career.

Parsaii said Mehrnia was one of the three old hand actresses honored at the Women Theater Festival organized by Tehran Municipality's Art and Culture Organization.

"I felt strange as she was getting on the stage at the ceremony and now I'm feeling the same."

He believes such great artists should be appreciated during their lifetime.

Iranian actor Akbar Zanjanpur also noted that artists need financial support besides appreciation.

Mehrnia was presented with a plaque of honor at the end of the ceremony.

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