Hana Laszlo

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Hana Laszlo
Hana Laszlo.jpg
Laslo in 2004
Born (1953-06-14) 14 June 1953 (age 66)
Other namesHana Laslo
OccupationActress & Comedian
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Aviv Giladi (divorced)
Benny Bloch (divorced)
Children2 sons (with Giladi)
RelativesRomi Aboulafia (daughter-in-law)

Hana Laszlo (Hebrew: חנה לסלאו‎; born 14 June 1953) is an Israeli actress and comedian. In 2005, she won a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film Free Zone. Laszlo has also received four Ophir Award nominations.

Personal life[edit]

Laszlo was born in Jaffa, Israel, to a Jewish family, her parents were Holocaust survivors who were born in Poland.[1]

In 1972–1973, she served in the Israel Defense Forces Southern Command musical troupe. Around those years she was in a relationship with Israeli pop-star Svika Pick.

She met her first husband, Israeli media proprietor Aviv Giladi, on the set of Uri Zohar's Save The Lifeguard; the two proceeded to work together on various stage productions and eventually got married in 1979.

Laszlo has two sons from her first marriage - Ben and Itamar,[1] her eldest, Ben Giladi, is an award-wining film and television producer that has a production deal Len Blavatnik's Access Industries. He operates between London, LA and Tel-Aviv, her daughter-in-law is Israeli Actress and Filmmaker Romi Aboulafia, with whom she frequently collaborates.

Laszlo with Natalie Portman and Amos Gitai

Hanna also married and divorced businessman Benny Bloch.


Laszlo rose to enormous success in the 1980s and 1990s in the wake of character-driven comedy routines, she created and portrayed few of the most iconic characters of that era - including such characters as 'Safta Zapta' and 'Clara the Cleaning Lady.'

Through the 90s, Laszlo was the highest grossing female entertainer in Israel. However, due to financial and personal calamity her career came to a halt in the beginning of the new millennium.

After several silent years, Laszlo restarted building her career from the ground up, she was reintroduced to the public and younger crowd through her role as Naomi Shahar in the highly successful Musical Telenovela HaShir Shelanu.

In 2005 she won Best Actress Award at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival for her role in Free Zone.[2] Laszlo starts in the film alongside Natalie Portman; the Palme d'Or marked the pick of Laszlo's comeback.

In 2002-2004, 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

Laszlo wrote, produced, financed and stared in more then a dozen one-women shows since the 1980s, she spend a third of year on stage with them.

In 2019, Laszlo received an honorary PhD from Bar-Ilan University for contribution to the Stage Arts, she never had the privilege of formal education but speaks and preforms in six different languages - Hebrew, English, Yiddish, French, German and Dutch.


Year Film Role Notes
1976 Giv'at Halfon Eina Ona Hermona Assi Dayan film
1977 Hatzilu Et HaMatzil Uri Zohar
Itzik Kol film
1978 Belfer Yigal Bursztyn film
Millioner Betzarot The Maid Joel Silberg film
1981 Am Yisrael Hai Assi Dayan film
1983 Kuni Leml B'Kahir Joel Silberg film
2003 Alila Mali Amos Gitai film.
Nominee: Ophir Award for Best Supporting Actress
2004 Ahava Ze Koev Eddy's Mom Episode 1.1 a.k.a. Love Hurts
Ha-Chuliya Hachalasha Hostess Israeli version of the Weakest Link
2004–2007 HaShir Shelanu Naomi Shahar/Herself TV series, a.k.a. Our Song
2005 Free Zone Hanna Ben Moshe Amos Gitai film.
Winner: Best Actress Award (Cannes Film Festival)
Nominee: Ophir Award for Best Actress
2008 Shiva Max Ronit Elkabetz & Shlomi Elkabetz film.
a.k.a. 7 Days
On the Road to Tel Aviv Hana Khen Shalem film
Adam Resurrected Rachel Shwester Paul Schrader film
Ima'lle Real estate agent Episode 3.1
2009 Ultimatum Bellas Alain Tasma film
2009 Guyavot Contesa Kobi Machat film
2011–2016 Bnot HaZahav Dalia TV series; Israeli version of The Golden Girls
2012 Tanuchi! Naomi Shahar TV series, a.k.a. Take a Chill Pill!
2014 Anderswo Rachel Alongside her daughter-in-law Romi Aboulafia
2015–2017 Mossad 101 Doris Levi TV series
2015–2017 Mossad 101 Doris Levi TV series
2017–present Nevsu Nitza TV series
Winner: International Emmy Award - Comedy

Awards and recognition[edit]

2005 Cannes Film Festival

Ophir Award


  1. ^ a b The Wonders of Hana Laszlo
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Free Zone". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-12-05.

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