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Omar Sharif’s Million Dollar Affair
Paul Kyriazi - Feature Film Director Paul Kyriazi - Feature Film Director
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Dateline: Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, February 4, 2023


Omar Sharif is famous for acting in Dr. Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia.

“I lost millions of dollars gambling,” Omar Sharif said. “I know I have for sure, because I’ve made millions of dollars and I don’t have it now.”

However, this happened: In 1966, Omar was at a film promotion dinner in Italy. He was sitting next to a ‘gorgeous’ Italian starlet with ‘an amazing figure’. They began flirting. Then they went to a disco where they began making-out in a booth.

Finally. Omar said, “Would you like to come to my room for a nightcap?”

She said, “No.”

“How can you say no?” Omar asked. “We’ve been making-out for four hours.”

But her no was final.

Omar tells the story:  “I couldn’t believe that she said no. I had just made Dr. Zhivago and thought I was irresistible. But she said, ‘I don’t go to men’s rooms.’ So I said, ‘Okay’.

“Since I had been very worked up, I got upset and went to the casino. I put all my money on one number three times and won on every number. Then they closed the table because I had broken the bank.

NOTE: The payback on betting on a single number is 35 times his bet. It would only take a small bet to break the bank, letting it ride at: 35x35x35. 

Omar continues: “They gave me a big pile of money. I was afraid of being robbed, so I packed my bags and took a taxi to Rome. I was a little drunk, so I didn’t count the money that night. The next day, I counted it. $1,164,000. ($9.3 million today).

“I thought, because that girl turned me down, I had this amazing luck. She was part of my good fortune. I have to do something for this girl, I told myself.

“I thought about giving her 10%, but then I figured I shouldn’t give her money. That’s not so cool between a man and a woman that just met once. It might seem like I’m trying to buy her affections to meet up again.

“So I called the florist and said. ‘I want to buy every flower you have.’ The florist said, ‘You can’t do that’. I said, ‘Yes, I can.’ ‘But we have 25 tons of flowers.’ I said, ‘That’s good. Send them.’ It cost me $100,000.

 “Five trucks of flowers were sent to the girl’s hotel with a message from me saying, You would have been the most expensive affair I ever had.”

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