NEW YORK, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Judith Regan, President and Publisher,
ReganMedia, announced today that she has signed Wafah Dufour, a niece of Osama
Bin Laden, to an exclusive agreement for a reality television series based
upon Wafah Dufour's life as a pop-rock singer and musician.
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Wafah Dufour-whose birth name is Wafah Bin Ladin*-is the daughter of
Carmen Dufour Bin Ladin (of Switzerland), the New York Times best-selling
author of Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia, and Yeslam Bin Ladin,
half-brother to the notorious Osama Bin Laden. Wafah Dufour was born in Santa
Monica, California, and is a citizen of both Switzerland and the United
States. Wafah Dufour moved to Saudi Arabia at the age of three and at ten
moved to Geneva, Switzerland, with her mother and sisters after her parents
separated. In 1999, Wafah Dufour returned to the United States to receive her
Master's degree from Columbia Law School in New York City.
Wafah Dufour began singing at three, and her musical influences include
U2, Depeche Mode, Sade, John Mayer, The Cure, and The Cranberries.
Although she speaks Spanish, French and English, Wafah Dufour prefers to
sing in English. Says Wafah Dufour, "Singing in English allows me to express
feelings that go perfectly with the music I make, which is both modern and
rooted in the classic pop I grew up with. I understand that when people hear
my last name, they have preconceived notions, but I was born an American and I
love my country. As a musician, my life is simply about the music, which is
truly the universal language that we all can understand."
Adds Judith Regan, "Wafah is a beautiful and talented singer who - like so
many twentysomethings - has a dream to make it in the music business. She is
also a young woman who falls in love, has her heart broken, worries about her
looks, doesn't always listen to her mother, and hasn't spoken to her father in
years. Her story will bridge the gap that people feel exists between the
cultures she has lived in. Her history and her quest for stardom will make
for a compelling television series-she is a musician, a young woman, and most
important a human being."
The deal was brokered by Richard Valvo, Wafah Dufour's publicist.
* Bin Ladin is the preferred spelling of Wafah's branch of the family.