Farah Pahlavi, Iran's Exiled Queen

As protesters flood Iran’s streets, Farah Pahlavi—the deposed empress—recalls the lessons of the 1979 uprising that led to her husband’s painful exile. A conversation with The Daily Beast.

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Portrait of Farah Dibah, who is now exiled queen of Iran, as the fiance of the Shah.

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Farah Dibah, with Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, 1959.

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Farah Dibah at the official opening of the opera Carmen in Paris, 1959.

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The Shah of Iran Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and his wife Farah Diba are seen during their wedding ceremony in Tehran on December 21, 1959.

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Mrs. Jackie Kennedy and Empress Farah ride in a limousine from Washington National Airport in April 1962 following welcoming ceremonies for Shah Farah of Iran and the Empress.

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Empress Farah wearing her new crown leaving Golestan Palace after the coronation of her husband Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi on October, 1967.

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Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Empress Farah on holiday with their children Reza, Farahnaz, Ali Reza, and Leila, in Switzerland, 1972.

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Farah Pahlavi and former President Richard Nixon walk behind the coffin of the Shah of Iran during the funeral procession in July 1980.

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Former Iranian Empress Farah Pahlavi, center, her son Reza, right, and her daughter Farahnaz pay last respects to the late Leila Pahlavi, Farah's eldest daughter. The body of the 31-year-old Leila Pahlavi, daughter of the late Shah of Iran, was discovered by staff at the Leonard Hotel in London on June 10, 1991.

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Farah Pahlavi on her way to the Royal Theater in Copenhagen on May 13, 2004.

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French president Nicolas Sarkozy with Farah Pahlavi at the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris on January 28, 2009.