Category:Israeli film actresses
Pages in category "Israeli film actresses"
The following 109 pages are in this category, out of 109 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 109 pages are in this category, out of 109 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Shoshana Damari – Shoshana Damari was a Yemeni-born Israeli singer known as the Queen of Hebrew Music. Shoshana Damari was born in Dhamar, Yemen, the family immigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1924 in the wake of growing persecution against the Jews, and settled in Rishon LeZion. At a young age, Damari played drums and sang accompaniment for her mother, at age 14, her first songs were broadcast on the radio. She studied singing and acting at the Shulamit Studio in Tel Aviv, where she met Shlomo Bosmi and they wed in 1939, when she was only 16. In 1945, Damari joined Li-La-Lo, a revue theater established by impresario Moshe Wallin, the group performed light entertainment and satire as a counterweight to the serious theater of the time. Damari became known for her husky voice and Yemenite pronunciation. Her first record was released in 1948 and her best-known song Kalaniyot, by Moshe Vilenski and she was especially popular among Israeli soldiers, for whom she frequently performed. ”In the mid-1980s, Damari teamed up with Boaz Sharabi for a duet that brought her back into the limelight. She was awarded the Israel Prize in 1988 for Hebrew song, in 2005, she recorded two tracks for the Mimaamakim album by Idan Raichels Project and participated in some of their live performances. The two had been slated to begin another joint project and she died in Tel Aviv after a brief bout of pneumonia. She died whilst Kalaniyot was sung by her family and friends who had been sitting in vigil during her few days. She was buried in the Trumpeldor Cemetery in Tel Aviv
2. Haya Harareet – Haya Harareet is an Israeli actress, best known as Esther in Ben Hur opposite Charlton Heston. The first of three children, Harareet was born Haya Neuberg in Haifa, in what was then Mandatory Palestine and her parents, Reuben and Yocheved Neuberg, emigrated to Israel from Poland when they were young. Her father worked for the government in Tel Aviv and she received the surname Hararit, which means mountainous in Hebrew, at school. She began her career in Israeli films with Hill 24 Doesnt Answer and she played opposite Virna Lisi in Francesco Masellis The Doll that Took the Town, an Italian film. Her major role as Esther in Ben-Hur remains her most widely seen performance in international cinema, variety, in its review of Ben-Hur, praised Harareets performance, Haya Harareet, an Israeli actress making her first appearance in an American film, emerges as a performer of stature. Her portrayal of Esther, the slave and daughter of Simonides, steward of the House of Hur, is sensitive. Wyler presumably deserves considerate credit for taking a chance on an unknown and she has a striking appearance and represents a welcome departure from the standard Hollywood ingenue. Then came 1961s LAtlantide, directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and she appeared opposite Stewart Granger in Basil Deardens film The Secret Partner, and she played the role of Dr. Madolyn Bruckner in The Interns. She co-wrote the screenplay for Our Mothers House from the novel of the name by Julian Gloag. Harareets first husband was Nachman Zerwanitzer, an Israeli irrigation engineer and they lived in an apartment in Tel Aviv and were divorced sometime before 1961. Harareets second husband was the British film director Jack Clayton and they were married in Wycombe District, Buckinghamshire, England, in 1984. Clayton died on 26 February 1995, and Harareet resides in Buckinghamshire, Haya Harareet at the Internet Movie Database
3. Ofra Haza – Bat-Sheva Ofra Haza-Ashkenazi was an Israeli singer, actress, and recording artist. Her voice has been described as a tender mezzo-soprano, inspired by a love of her Yemenite Jewish and Hebrew culture, her music quickly spread to a wider Middle Eastern audience, somehow bridging the divide between Israel and the Arab countries. As her career progressed, Haza was able to switch between traditional and more commercial singing styles without jeopardizing her credibility and her music fused elements of Eastern and Western instrumentation, orchestration and dance-beat. She became successful in Europe and the Americas, during her career, she earned many platinum. Bat-Sheva Ofra Haza was born the youngest of nine children to Yefet and they were a Yemenite Jewish family and lived in the Hatikva Quarter, an impoverished neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Her first home was on Boaz Street, at age 12 Haza joined a local theater troupe, and manager Bezalel Aloni spotted her singing talent. He staged many of his productions around her, and later became her manager, at 19 she was Israels foremost pop star, and music journalists retrospectively described her as the Madonna of the East. By the time she had completed her service in 1979. The latter was written for the film Schlager in which Haza played a leading role, at first, radio stations across the country refused to play the song due to its lyrics, which at the time were unaccepted, but it quickly climbed the charts and reached No. 1, where it stayed for five consecutive weeks, later in the year, the album reached gold status. A second album followed, Bo Nedaber, eventually going gold. Her third album, Pituyim came out in 1982 and enjoyed success, reaching gold status as well, with such hits as Gabriel. With this album, more well-known writers agreed to write her songs, including Tzvika Pick, in 1983, Hazas career jumped to a new level of success and popularity. At the Eurovision Song Contest, she came in a second to the Luxembourg entry with the song Chai. Her popularity in Israel reached enormous heights, Haza was voted Female Vocalist Of The Year four years in a row, from 1980 through 1983. Later that year, Haza released Shirey Moledet which consisted of her renditions of well-known Israeli folk songs, public response was so overwhelming, she went on to release two more volumes. Bait Ham was released in 1984 and included hits as Yad Beyad, Itcha Halayla. In December that year, Haza released what was to become the turning-point of her career, despite lukewarm radio airplay, the album went on to become a best-seller, quickly reaching platinum status
4. Gila Almagor – Gila Almagor is an Israeli actress, film star, and author. In Israel, she is known as queen of the Israeli cinema, Gila Alexandrowitz was born four months after the death of her father, Max Alexandrowitz, a Jewish immigrant from Germany who was killed by an Arab sniper while working as a policeman in Haifa. Almagor grew up caring for her mother, Chaya, who was losing her sanity after realising that all her family in Germany had perished in the Holocaust. When her mother was institutionalized in 1954, Almagor was sent to Hadassim youth village, two years later, she moved to Tel Aviv, rented a room near Habima Theatre, and applied to acting school. Although she was underage, she was accepted, at the age of 17, Almagor debuted in Habimas production of The Skin of Our Teeth. Her autobiographical books Summer of Aviya and Under the Domim Tree were both made films, with Almagor playing her own mother. She is married to Yaakov Agmon, former director of the Habima Theatre. Almagor has played leading roles in plays, among them Anne Frank, Jeanne dArc, The Crucible, Three Sisters, The Bride and the Butterfly Hunt, They Were All My Children. She has appeared in over 40 films, including Siege, Queen of the Road, The House on Chelouche Street, El Dorado, Life According to Agfa. Almagor starred as the mother of Avner, the main character in the 2005 film Munich. She also appears in The Debt, about a former Mossad agent who comes back to kill an escaped Nazi doctor, in 2008, she played the role of Lolah Baum in the 100-episode serial Dani Hollywood, broadcast on the Yes satellite network. In 2005, Almagor played a therapist in the award-winning Israeli television series BeTipul, Almagor founded the Gila Almagor Wish Fund, a charity for sick children, and co-founded AMI – the Israeli Artist Association. Almagor has received 10 Kinor David awards for her work in film, in 1993, she was a member of the jury at the 18th Moscow International Film Festival. In 1996, she was a member of the jury at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival, in 1990, she was chosen Actress of the Decade by Yediot Ahronoth and the Israel Film Institute. In 2004, she was awarded the Israel Prize, for cinema, in 2005, she received a Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadorship. In 2007, she was awarded the Liberitas Film Festival Prize for Lifetime Achievement, in 2009, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Tel Aviv University awarded her an honorary doctorate. List of Israel Prize recipients Gila Almagor at the Internet Movie Database Gila Almagors Short Bio in Hebrew
5. Adi Bielski – Adi Bielski is an Israeli theatre and movie actress. She was born in Jerusalem and raised in Ra’anana, when she was only 3 years old, Bielski took up dancing in a dance studio and during the following 15 years she danced ballet and modern dance in the studio’s group. She also took classes as a child and studied in the theatre program in High School. When she was 18, Bielski was drafted to the Israel Defense Forces, between 2004 through 2007 Bielski studied acting in SELA – The Performing Arts Studio Founded by Yoram Loewenstein, one of Israel’s leading acting schools, located in Tel-Aviv. During school, she won a scholarship awarded by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. In 2007, Bielski finished acting school and had appeared in various theatre shows, such as Ray Cooney’s Hebrew translated It Runs in the Family. In the beginning of 2008, as soon as she finished acting school, the play was written and directed by Pnina Gary, and it is based on Gary’s own true life story. Another major role came in 2008, when Bielski was cast in the role of Maya in Beit Lessin Theater’s Alma and Ruth. Bielski also appeared, in a role, in several TV commercials, for Elite Turkish Coffee, Bank Hapoalim, Soglowek, Shufersal, Maccabi Health Care Services, Mey Eden. In 2009, Bielski won the Israeli Best Actress Award in Fringe Theater for her role in An Israeli Love Story. On March 28,2011, a special evening marked the celebrating of 250 shows of that play, attending that evening, was the Israeli Minister of Culture, Mrs Limor Livnat. The show was performed in the Harold Green Jewish Theatre in Toronto in 2014. In 2010, after she was seen on London’s New End Theatre, in 2012 Bielski played in My Name is Yuda, a poetry theater show based on the poems of Yehuda Amichai. In the same year she won the Cyprus International Film Festival Best Actress award for her performance in the short film Salt of the Earth. In 2016 the film Sipur Ahava Eretz-Israeli was released, starring Bielski and directed by Dan Wolman, based on Pnina Garys lifes story,2008 - Take Note - A Tel Aviv University student film, which appeared in the Israeli International Women’s Film Festival. 2008 - Turbulence - An interactive film, which won the Grand Festival Experimental Feature Award at the Berkeley Video,2011 - Salt of the Earth - A Sapir Academic College short film, in the Israeli international Cinema South Film Festival, The Cyprus International Film Festival 2012. In 2009, Bielski married the actor Yaniv Adani, with whom she has two sons one born in 2010, the other 2012, Adi in the Studio, Adi Bielski modeling for the photographer Keren Rubin at d-spot. co. il. Turbulence - an Interactive Movie, Coming Soon to an iPad Near You, by David Zax, Fast Company, December 15,2010
6. Gal Gadot – Gal Gadot-Varsano is an Israeli actress and model. As an actress, Gadot is known for her role as Gisele Yashar in The Fast, in 2016, Gadot began playing the role of Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, starting with Batman v Superman, Dawn of Justice and continuing as the lead in Wonder Woman. She is the first person to portray Wonder Woman in a live-action film and she is a former Israel Defense Forces soldier and served in the Israeli military for two years. In 2013, she was ranked as one of the highest earning models in Israel, behind Bar Refaeli and she is the face of Guccis Bamboo perfume. Gadot was born and raised in Rosh HaAyin, Israel, in Hebrew, her first name means wave and her surname means riverbanks. She is the daughter of Irit, a teacher, and Michael Gadot and her parents were both born in Israel, and they had Hebraized their surname from Greenstein to Gadot. Her maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors and her ancestry is Polish-Jewish, Austrian-Jewish, German-Jewish, and Czech-Jewish. Her high school major was biology and she says that in high school she was successful at basketball due to her height. After high school, she started studying law twice at the Reichman Law School, from the age of 20, Gadot served for two years as an enlisted soldier of the Israeli military. There, she excelled in a grueling three-month boot camp that prepared her to serve as a combat trainer, Gadot was criticized for being Zionist on Twitter, in reaction to her military service. She says of her time in the army, You give two or three years, and its not about you and you give your freedom away for a while. The things Ive been through as a soldier prepared me to deal with things as well. At the age of 18, Gadot won the 2004 Miss Israel competition, following her participation in the competitions, she joined the Israeli Army where, as a citizen of Israel, she completed her two years of mandatory military service. After leaving the army, Gadot studied law and it was when she had completed her first year of school that a casting director called her to audition for the part of Bond girl Camille Montes in the film Quantum of Solace. Although she lost the part to Olga Kurylenko, the casting director hired Gadot for the role of Gisele in Fast & Furious. Gadot said, I think the reason was that Justin Lin really liked that I was in the military. Gadot performed her own stunts in the Fast & Furious films, in 2007, the 21-year-old Gadot took a part in the Maxim photo shoot Women of the Israeli Army, and as a result she was featured on the cover of the New York Post. In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked her Number 5 on its list of the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, in 2014, Gadot was one of two Israeli actresses, along with Odeya Rush, listed as an upcoming leading lady by InStyle magazine
7. Pnina Gary – Pnina Gary is an Israeli theatre and movie actress, and a theatre director. She was born and raised in Nahalal, Mandatory Palestine, as Pnina Dromi, daughter of Yosef Dromi and her parents made aliyah from the Ukraine in 1919. Gary went to Nahalals Agricultural High School, and later attended the seminar to become a kindergarten teacher. In September 1948, trying to recover from the outcome of the Beit Keshet battle and she was sent to help set up kindergartens in the camps and work with Jewish children who survived the Holocaust. Six months later, she was sent to reside in Ulm, in Munich she met her husband, Robert Gary, a Jewish American journalist, who reported from the camps. They married in Germany in late 1949 and two later moved to Israel. Pnina and Bob had two daughters, Dorit and Meirav, while living in Israel, Pnina Gary wrote a weekly column for Davar newspaper for a period of two years. From 1953 through 1957 Gary studied acting in New York, in the schools of Herbert Berghof and Lee Strasberg. After their return to Israel, in 1959 Gary co founded the Zavit Theater, during those years, she also acted in various theater shows produced by other theaters in Tel Aviv. In 1968 Gary joined HaBima as an actress, until 1980, from 1981 through 1990 she was the artistic director of the Orna Porat Theater. Gary adapted a number of novels to theater, by the most renowned Israeli novelists, Amos Oz, Sami Michael, Shulamit Lapid, Tzruya Shalev and Shmuel Yosef Agnon. Pnina Garys movie appearances as an actress include, The Dock, Dreams, Death Has No Friends, Ariana, in 2006 she received an award for her lifes work from both the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Education and ASSITEJ. The play is performed by Adi Bielski, who won the Israeli Best Actress Award in Fringe Theater in 2009. On March 28,2011, a special evening marked the celebrating of 250 shows, attending that evening, were the Israeli Minister of Culture, Mrs Limor Livnat, and the recent winner of the Israeli Sapir Prize for Literature 2011, the writer Yoram Kaniuk. The show was performed in the Harold Green Jewish Theatre in Toronto in 2014. In 2013 Gary directed in Paris the French production of An Israeli Love Story under the name Une histoire damour israélienne, in 2015 Gary published an autobiographical novel in Hebrew under the same title as the Hebrew title of the monodrama An Israeli Love Story. The book was published under Schocken Books, in 2016 the film Sipur Ahava Eretz-Israeli was released, directed by Dan Wolman and starring Adi Bielski, based on Garys lifes story and monodrama by the same name. Pnina Gary at the Internet Movie Database All About Jewish Theatre - Pnina Gary, An Israeli Love Story - An article by David Or @ www. jewish-theatre
8. Sivan Levy – Sivan Levy is an Israeli singer-songwriter, filmmaker, and actress. Levy studied music at the Alon School of Arts, graduating at 2007, upon her graduation, Levy started her military service as a singer for the IDF Musical Ensemble. In 2009, upon completing her service, Sivan launched her career while performing her first role in the film Burning Mooki, directed by Lena. In 2011, she played the role in Veronika Kedar’s feature film Joe and Belle, as well as a role in Invisible, directed by Michal Aviad. Her upcoming work includes a French speaking role Ava in the feature film Inch’Allah and her television work started in 2009, when she joined the cast of the renowned prime time TV series Imalle on Channel 2, directed by Ram Nehari. During that year she played in Room Service, directed by Eitan Aner. The film was made for the Israeli Channel 1, in 2011, Sivan played in the TV series Yechefilm, directed by Ori Sivan. Currently Levy is working on her album which would be in English. Sivan Levy on FACEBOOK Sivan Levy at the Internet Movie Database Sivan Levy on YouTube
9. Elana Eden – Elana Eden is an Israeli actress of film, television, and stage, best known for her film debut as the title role in 20th Century Foxs biblical epic The Story of Ruth. Eden was born Elana Lani Cooper in Bat Yam, Tel Aviv District and her father, Zvi Cooper, was a Polish-born landscape gardener who had settled in Israel after World War I. Her mother, whom she has described as a good cook, was born in Russia. She has two siblings, a brother, Moti, and a sister, Tamar. She learned English at school and later attended school at a kibbutz of the Sharon plain. Interested in literature, she worked as a writer for Tel Avivs newspaper Haaretz, Eden decided to become an actress after seeing a performance of the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion when she was 15 years old. Out of the actresses who were tested, Eden was finally chosen. The film crew changed her name from Elana Cooper to Elana Eden. For the film she lost ten pounds in three weeks, giving up bread and butter, sour cream, rich sauces and cakes for steak, cottage cheese and fresh fruit. Of her portrayal, Variety wrote, She gives a performance of dignity, daniel A. Poling, editor of the Christian Herald, thought that Edens portrayal of Ruth was worthy of an Oscar. Her performance was complimented by columnist Hedda Hopper. After her appearance in The Story of Ruth, Eden appeared in television series in both the United States and Israel. In February 1961, she played Shasme Hasmar in the Adventures in Paradise episode Who Is Sylvia and she played another role, a young Czech woman named Anna, in The Barbara Stanwyck Show episode The Hitch-Hiker. She also appeared in Trunk to Cairo, starring Audie Murphy, George Sanders, and Marianne Koch, Eden married Israeli author and playwright Nissim Aloni in 1962 and later divorced him in 1965. She later married American composer Fredric Fred Myrow on 6 June 1969 and they had three daughters, Rachael, Shira, and Neora. Eden was a speaker at the dinner for the 1967 United Jewish Appeal campaign. Lysistrata Tuvia HaCholeh The Diary of Anne Frank Elana Eden at the Internet Movie Database Elana Eden at the TCM Movie Database
10. Hana Laszlo – Hanna Laszlo is an Israeli actress and comedian. Hanna Laszlos parents were Holocaust survivors, in 1972–1973, she served in the Israel Defense Forces Southern Command musical troupe. She was married to Israeli media proprietor Aviv Giladi, with whom she has two sons - Ben and Itamar and her eldest, Ben Giladi, is a film producer that works for Len Blavatniks AI-Film and operates between London, LA and Tel-Aviv. Her daughter-in-law is Israeli Actress Romi Aboulafia, hanna also married and divorced businessman Benny Bloch. Laszlo rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s in the wake of comedy routines in which she portrayed such characters as Safta Zapta, in 2005 she won the Best Actress Award at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival for her role in Free Zone. In 2004, Laszlo hosted the Israeli version of the British television game show The Weakest Link, in 2010, Laszlo served as a judge with Claude Dadia and Eli Mizrachi in Rokdim Im Kokhavim, the Israeli version of Dancing with the Stars
11. Miri Aloni – Miri Aloni is an Israeli folk-singer. Miri went into the army in 1968, serving in Nahal, in the seventies and eighties she played in various bands, including Apocolypse, and had major roles in several movies and TV series. She was married to Samuel Omni, minutes before Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was murdered at a political rally in November 1995, Miri Aloni sang the Israeli pop song Shir Lashalom. She lived in Germany from 1999 to 2002, in 2006, Nitzan Gilady made a video of her life, Singing to Oblivion - The Story of Miri Aloni. In recent years, she has known for her street performances at Carmel Market in Tel Aviv. com