Alireza, Marianne

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Alireza, Marianne Gender: F
born on 28 March 1922 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )
Place Muskogee, Oklahoma, 35n45, 95w22
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 06°49' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 04°04 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 26°41'


American adventuress who married an Arab and lived in his harem. She met Ali at 19 in college, a handsome engineering student from Saudi, Arabia, and they fell in love. They married in 1943 and daughter Hamida, the first of their five kids, was born 3/07/1945.

Ali was appointed to diplomatic service. He tried to prepare her for a different world as they sailed on 8/06/1945. She wore a long black cloak and a veiled face with no contact with men or social life outside the harem, the family of women and children of the household. She found heat, flies, barren desert, white turrets and mud walls, few doctors and no sanitation, a difficult language and massive culture shock. There were also gorgeous oriental carpets over dirt and sand floors, magical lavender night with Moslem prayers singing in the stillness, camels and Bedouin tends. She became friends with the family women and kids in the robust commune. There were occasional visits to Europe and the U.S.

In New York, 1958, without warning and giving no reason, Ali divorced her. By Moslem law, the husband may keep the kids, the wife has little or no rights. She joined in an unheard of battle for custody, and won. She kept her kids and wrote an autobiography, "At the Drop of a Veil", 1971.


  • Family : Change residence 15 June 1943 (Moved to Arabia with husband)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 7 March 1945 (Daughter Hamida born)
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  • Family : Change residence 6 August 1945 (Moved to desert)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 15 June 1971 ("At The Drop of a Veil," 1971)
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Source Notes

Carol Tebbs quotes her verbally (confirmed by postcard.)


  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Interracial (Married an Arab)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Bitter divorce, custody battle)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Five kids)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Arabia)
  • Vocation : Travel : Adventurer
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women