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Dodi Al-Fayed
Born April 15, 1955(1955-04-15)
Alexandria, Egypt
Died August 31, 1997 (aged 42)
Paris, France
Spouse(s) Susanne Gregard (m. 1987–1987) «start: (1987)–end+1: (1988)»"Marriage: Susanne Gregard to Dodi Fayed" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodi_Fayed)
Parents Mohamed Al-Fayed (b.1933)
Samira Kashoggi

Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed (عماد الدين محمد عبد المنعم الفايد in Arabic), known as Dodi Fayed (15 April 1955 - 31 August 1997), was an Egyptian multi-millionaire and film producer. He is best known internationally as the romantic partner of Diana, Princess of Wales at the time of both their deaths, and as the executive producer of the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire (1981).

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Early life

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Fayed was the son of billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed (Arabic: محمد الفايد‎), the owner of British department store Harrods, Fulham Football Club, and the Hôtel Ritz Paris. His mother was Samira Kashoggi sister of Turkish Saudi-born arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi.

Fayed was a student at Collège Saint Marc before attending the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. He also briefly attended Sandhurst.

Career

In addition to being the executive producer of Chariots of Fire (1981), Fayed was also the executive producer of Breaking Glass (1980), F/X (1986), F/X2 (1991), Hook (1991), and The Scarlet Letter (1995). He also served as the Executive Creative Consultant for the F/X television series.

Fayed also worked for his father on Harrods' marketing.[1]

Diana, Princess of Wales

"Innocent Victims", the second of two memorials in Harrods.

In July 1997, Fayed became romantically involved with Diana, Princess of Wales. He had been engaged to American model Kelly Fisher[2], but broke off the engagement when he began his highly-publicised relationship with Diana.

In the early hours of 31 August of that year, Fayed and Diana died in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma underpass in Paris. They had stopped in Paris en route to London, after having spent nine days together on holiday in the French and Italian Riviera aboard his family yacht, the Jonikal. Neither he nor Diana were wearing a seatbelt, and Henri Paul, the driver of their Mercedes-Benz limousine, was under the influence of alcohol. The couple were also being chased by the press. Dodi's father Mohamed Al-Fayed claimed that the couple were executed by MI6 agents.[3] Al-Fayed's former spokesman Michael Cole has claimed that the couple had become engaged before their deaths.[4] Their relationship and death are documented in the 2007 television movie Diana: Last Days of a Princess.

He was originally interred in Brookwood Cemetery near Woking, Surrey but was moved to the Fayed Estate in Oxted, Surrey.

Memorials

Memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed in Harrods.

Fayed's father has erected two memorials to Dodi and Diana at Harrods. The first, unveiled on 12 April 1998, consists of photos of the two behind a pyramid-shaped display that holds a wine glass still smudged with lipstick from Diana's last dinner as well as a ring Dodi purchased the day before they died.[5] The second, unveiled in 2005 and titled "Innocent Victims", is an 8ft high bronze statue of the two dancing on a beach beneath the wings of an albatross.[6]

The memorials were designed by 80-year-old Bill Mitchell, a close friend of Mr Al-Fayed and architect for Harrods for more than 40 years.[7]


See also

References

  1. ^ Obituary
  2. ^ www.telegraph.co.uk, 14 December 2007, retrieved 10-12-09
  3. ^ Mohamed al-Fayed: The outsider The Independent, october 6, 2007
  4. ^ Diana and Dodi 'were engaged' from bbc.co.uk
  5. ^ Jeweler: Diana, Dodi picked engagement ring - CNN.com
  6. ^ Harrods unveils Diana, Dodi statue, CNN.com, September 1, 2005.
  7. ^ Princes lead Diana remembrance BBC

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