from the trailer for The Story of Ruth
|Born||Elana Lani Cooper
(Hebrew: לייני אילנה קופר)
May 1, 1940
Bat Yam, Tel Aviv District, Israel
|Spouse(s)||Nissim Aloni (m. 1962–65)|
Elana Eden (Hebrew: אילנה עדן; born May 1, 1940) is an Israeli actress of film, television, and theatre, best known for her film debut in the biblical epic The Story of Ruth, in which she portrays the title character.
Eden was born Elana Lani Cooper in Bat Yam, Tel Aviv District, Israel. Her father, Zvi Cooper, was born in Russia and her mother was born in Poland. Since her youth, Eden was associated with the stage and therefore became a member of the Habima Theater Drama School. She debuted in the play Lysistrata and performed over fifty times in various locations of Israel.
After having served as a machine-gunner and volunteer with the Israeli Army, Eden auditioned for the film The Diary of Anne Frank in London in 1957 and became one of the five finalists until Millie Perkins received the part.
When searching for an actress to play the title role in 20th Century Fox's CinemaScope biblical epic The Story of Ruth, producer Samuel G. Engel had remembered her previous screen test for The Diary of Anne Frank and Eden arrived in Hollywood on August 18, 1959, to do more screen tests for the part of Ruth. Out of the twenty-nine actresses who were tested, Eden was finally chosen and cast as Ruth. Upon receiving the part of Ruth, the film crew changed her stage name from "Elana Cooper" to "Elana Eden", because Cooper did not sound Jewish. Her performance was complimented by columnist Hedda Hopper.
After her appearance in The Story of Ruth, Eden appeared in several television series both in the United States and in Israel. She also appeared in Trunk to Cairo, co-starring Audie Murphy, George Sanders, and Marianne Koch.
|1960||This Is Your Life||Herself||Episode: Mervin LeRoy|
|1960||The Story of Ruth||Ruth||Film debut|
|1961||Adventures in Paradise||Shasme Hasmar||Episode: Who Is Sylvia?|
|1961||The Barbara Stanwyck Show||Anna||Episode: The Hitch-Hiker|
|1966||Trunk to Cairo||Hadassa||Israeli-West German film|
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