Ronit Elkabetz, Actress and Filmmaker, Dies at 51

Ronit Elkabetz, one of the great luminaries of the Israeli film industry, died Tuesday morning after a private battle with cancer. She was 51.

Born in Beershaba in 1964, Ronit was an awkward child who felt she was different from others but when she became an actress (more or less by chance at the age of 24) with a star role in Daniel Wachsmann’s ‘Hameyu’ad’, this complex became an asset. This beautiful brunette realized she could relate to the rest of the world by expressing her inner emotions. For her full bio, click here.

According to Variety:

The actress and filmmaker was known equally for her striking dark looks and immense emotional vulnerability onscreen. Her life ended just as her career flourished at an all-time high: In 2014, Elkabetz’s film “Gett: The Trail of Viviane Amsalem,” which she co-wrote and co-directed alongside her brother Shlomi Elkabetz, was awarded the Israeli Ophir Award for best film, the Jewish State’s equivalent of the Academy Award. “Gett” went on to serve as Israel’s 2014 entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, and also earned a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Golden Globes.

“Gett” was the third installment in a trilogy about a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage. The Elkabetz siblings began telling the story of shackled Viviane Amsalem, which stunned both Israeli and international audiencess with its searing take on the injustices of Israeli rabbinical law, in the 2004 pic “To Take A Wife,” which they followed up in 2008 with ‘Seven Days.’

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