20 September 1931
|Died||3 February 2021 (aged 89)|
|Other names||Haya Hararit|
(m. 1984; died 1995)
Haya Harareet (Hebrew: חיה הררית) (20 September 1931 – 3 February 2021) was an Israeli actress and screenwriter. She is best remembered for playing Esther, Ben Hur's love interest in the eponymous 1959 film.
Harareet was born Haya Neuberg (Hebrew: חיה נויברג) in Haifa, in what was then Mandatory Palestine (now Israel), the second of three children. Her parents, Reuben and Yocheved Neuberg, emigrated to the pre-Israeli Yishuv community of Palestine from Poland when they were young. Her father worked for the government in Tel Aviv. She received the surname Hararit (later changed to Harareet), which means "mountainous" in Hebrew, at school.
Harareet 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) remained her most widely remembered performance in international cinema. Variety, in its review of Ben-Hur, praised Harareet's performance:
Haya Harareet, an Israeli actress making her first appearance in an American film, emerges as a performer of stature. Her portrayal of Esther, the former slave and daughter of Simonides, steward of the House of Hur, is sensitive and revealing. Wyler presumably deserves considerable credit for taking a chance on an unknown. She has a striking appearance and represents a welcome departure from the standard Hollywood ingenue.
Then came 1961's L'Atlantide (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).
Personal life and death
|1955||Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (Giv'a 24 Eina Ona)||Miriam Miszrahi||Israeli film|
|1957||The Doll That Took the Town (La donna del giorno)||Anna Grimaldi||First Italian film|
|1959||Ben-Hur||Esther||First American film|
|1961||The Secret Partner||Nicole "Nikki" Brent||British film|
|1961||Journey Beneath the Desert (Antinea, l'amante della città sepolta)||Queen Antinea||Italian-French co-production|
|1962||The Interns||Dr. Madolyn Bruckner||Second and final American film|
|1962||The Last Charge (La leggenda di Fra Diavolo)||Fiamma||Italian film|
|1964||L'ultima carica||Claudia||Italian film|
|1974||My Friend Jonathan||Second and final British film|
- Anderman, Nirit (3 February 2021). "'Ben-Hur' Star, Israeli Actress Haya Harareet, Dies". Haaretz. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
- 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 – via Google Books.
- Mayfair, Martha (3 February 1960). "Ben-Hur's Beauty Advocates Simple Grooming". The Evening Independent. p. 1-C. Retrieved 9 June 2016 – via Google News Archive.
- "Haya Harareet". Coronet. 47 (3). 1960. Retrieved 9 June 2016 – via Google Books.
- Holloway, Ronald (17 November 1959). "Film Reviews: 'Ben-Hur'". Variety. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
- "Overnight to Stardom". Independent Press-Telegram. 15 November 1959. p. 10. Retrieved 4 February 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Israeli Movie Star May Quit Hollywood and Return 'Home'". The National Jewish Post and Opinion. 10 March 1961. p. 5. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
- "Haya Harareet mentioned in the record of Clayton and Haya Harareet". FamilySearch. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
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