Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, who died July 10th, was best known for his roles in films such as “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Funny Girl,” and “Doctor Zhivago.” But Sharif also made a name for himself in Dallas as a bridge player over the last half of the 20th century, joining his group the Omar Sharif Bridge Circus with the Dallas Aces in 1970 for a bridge tournament.

Hamon staff discovered archived press releases announcing Sharif’s four-day stay in Dallas in June 1989, which not only included a bridge tournament, but also Sharif’s attendance at a screening of “Funny Girl” sponsored by the Southwest Film and Video Archives (now known as Hamon’s Jones Film and Video Collection).

Here are the full press releases:

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