Haya Harareet

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Haya Harareet
Haya Harareet - 1960.jpg
Haya Harareet in 1960
Native name חיה הררית
Born Haya Neuberg
(Hebrew: חיה נויברג‎‎)

(1931-09-20) 20 September 1931 (age 84)
Haifa, Mandatory Palestine (now Israel)
Nationality Israeli
Other names Haya Hararit
Occupation Actress
Years active 1955–1964
Spouse(s) Jack Clayton
(1984–1995; his death)

Haya Harareet (Hebrew: חיה הררית‎‎; born 20 September 1931) is an Israeli actress, best known as Esther in Ben Hur (1959) opposite Charlton Heston.[1]

Early life[edit]

The first of three children, Harareet was born Haya Neuberg in Haifa, in what was then Mandatory Palestine (now Israel).[2] Her parents, Reuben and Yocheved Neuberg, emigrated to Israel from Poland when they were young.[2] Her father worked for the government in Tel Aviv.[2] She received the surname Hararit (later changed to Harareet), which means "mountain" in Hebrew, at school.[3]


She began her career in Israeli films with Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1955), which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival. She played opposite Virna Lisi in Francesco Maselli's The Doll that Took the Town (1957), an Italian film. Her major role as Esther in Ben Hur (1959) remains her most widely seen performance in international cinema.

Then came 1961's L'Atlantide (fr) (Journey Beneath The Desert, aka The Lost Kingdom), directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and co-starring Jean-Louis Trintignant. She appeared opposite Stewart Granger in Basil Dearden's film The Secret Partner (1961), and she played the role of Dr. Madolyn Bruckner in The Interns (1962). Her career was short-lived and ended in 1964.

She co-wrote the screenplay for Our Mother's House (1967) from the novel of the same name by Julian Gloag.

Personal life[edit]

Harareet and the British film director Jack Clayton were married in 1984.[4] The marriage lasted until Clayton's death on February 26, 1995.

She resides in Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom.



  1. ^ Burton, Alan; O'Sullivan, Tim (2009). The cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 135–. ISBN 978-0-7486-3289-3. 
  2. ^ a b c Mayfair, Martha (3 February 1960). "Ben-Hur's Beauty Advocates Simple Grooming". The Evening Independent. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Haya Harareet". Coronet. 47 (3). 1960. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Haya Harareet mentioned in the record of Clayton and Haya Harareet". FamilySearch. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 

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