Qodrat-Zaman Vafadoost, or better known by her stage name Shahla Riahi, was born in Tehran in 1927.
She commenced her career as a theatre actress in 1944. Her first movie as an actress was Golden Dreams released in 1951.
In 1956 she directed Marjan, which made her the first female feature film director of Iran.
Throughout her career she acted in 29 plays, 54 TV movies, and 71 feature films.
She finally died on December 31, 2019, after years of illness.