Yael Abecassis

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Yael Abecassis
Yael Abecassis 1.jpg
Born (1967-07-19) 19 July 1967 (age 52)
Spouse(s)Lior Miller (1996–2003)
Ronny Douek (2005–present)
Modeling information
Hair colorBlack

Yael Abecassis (Hebrew: יעל אבקסיס‎; born 19 July 1967) is an Israeli actress and model.[1]

Early life[edit]

Abecassis was born in Ashkelon, Israel, to parents of Moroccan-Jewish descent.


Yael Abecassis began modeling at the age of 14. She later branched into television and film, appearing in commercials and starring as Rivka in Kadosh, a 1999 retelling of The Dybbuk directed by Amos Gitai. In the 1990s, she starred as a host on Israeli television programs for children, and produced music videos for babies and young children. Towards the end of the 1990s, she left television to pursue a career as a dramatic actress. She starred in several Amos Gitai movies and has won favorable reviews, especially in France.

Abecassis married Israeli actor Lior Miller in 1996 and has one child. They divorced in 2003. She is currently married to entrepreneur and philanthropist Ronny Douek. Abecassis is the daughter of Raymonde Abecassis, a Moroccan-born Israeli singer and actress.

In 2012, Abecassis opened a film production company, Cassis Films.[2]The company's first film, “Aya,” was one of five international shorts nominated for the 2015 Oscars.[3]


  • Rabin, the Last Day (2015)
  • A Borrowed Identity (2014)
  • Atlit (2014)
  • Hunting Elephants (2013), Dorit
  • Prisoners of War (2010), Talia Klein
  • Shiva (2008), Lili
  • Survivre avec les loups (2007)
  • Sans moi (2007), Marie
  • Papa (2005/II), Léa
  • Va, vis et deviens (2005), Yaël Harrari
  • Until Tomorrow Comes (2004), Daughter
  • Alila (2003), Gabi
  • Ballo a tre passi (2003)
  • Life Is Life (2003)
  • Miss Entebbe (2003), Elise
  • Bella ciao (2001), Nella
  • Maria, figlia del suo figlio (2000), Mary of Nazareth[4]
  • Kadosh (1999), Rivka
  • Shabatot VeHagim (1999), Ella
  • Passeur d'enfants (1997), Yael
  • L'enfant de la terre promise (1997), Yael
  • L'enfant d'Israel (1997)
  • Hakita Hameofefet (1995)
  • Ha-Yerusha (1993)
  • Zarim Balayla (1993)
  • Sipurei Tel-Aviv (1992), Sharona
  • Pour Sacha (1991), Judith

Filmography as self[edit]

  • Shotetut
  • HaKaletet
Media offices
Preceded by
Lion Rosenberg
Miss Israel host
Succeeded by
Aki Avni


  1. ^ Fried, Yaron (October 1, 2009). "Beautiful dreamer". Haaretz. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  2. ^ Inside there is a crazy volcano, Haaretz
  3. ^ short 'Aya' nominated for Oscar
  4. ^ Screen Jesus: Portrayals of Christ in Television and Film, Peter Malone

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