Haya Harareet in 1960
|Native name||חיה הררית|
(Hebrew: חיה נויברג)
20 September 1931
Haifa, Mandatory Palestine (now Israel)
|Other names||Haya Hararit|
(1984–1995; his death)
The first of three children, Harareet was born Haya Neuberg in Haifa, in what was then Mandatory Palestine (now Israel). Her parents, Reuben and Yocheved Neuberg, emigrated to Israel 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 "mountain" in Hebrew, at school.
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 (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.
- Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (Giv'a 24 Eina Ona) (1955)
- The Doll That Took the Town (La donna del giorno) (1957)
- Ben-Hur (1959)
- The Secret Partner (1961)
- L'Atlantide (Journey Beneath the Desert) (1961)
- The Interns (1962)
- La leggenda di Fra Diavolo (1962)
- L'ultima carica (1964)
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