Magazine article Screen International

Ronit Elkabetz, Israeli Actress and Filmmaker, Dies Aged 51

Magazine article Screen International

Ronit Elkabetz, Israeli Actress and Filmmaker, Dies Aged 51

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Ronit Elkabetz, Israeli leading actress and director, has passed away at the age of 51, following a prolonged battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband and two three-year-old twins.

The daughter of a hairdresser and a postal employee, Elkabetz didn't study acting, but broke into the profession in 1990 after an earlier career as a model.

In 1997 she moved to Paris to study acting with Ariane Mnouchkine, supporting herself as a waitress before she was invited to the famous Avignon Theatre Festival to do a one woman show on the life Martha Graham.

Her strong, powerful, outspoken personality and remarkable camera presence leftan indelible mark from her very early films and TV performances. She threw herself into every part she assumed with a fierce, desperate commitment, that seemed to take possession of her whole being and was often almost frightening to watch.

She first drew international attention with her uncompromisingly passionate and highly sexual performance in Dover Kosashvili's Late Marriage (2001) while her dark role as a devastated former prostitute was the backbone behind Keren Yedaya's Camera d'Or for 2004 drama Or. …

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