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Actress Hanna Maron Dies at 90

Well-known actress Hanna Maron, who held a Guinness record for longest career as a theatrical actress, dies in Tel Aviv.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 5/30/2014, 9:57 PM

Hanna Maron
Hanna Maron
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Well-known Israeli actress Hanna Maron passed away on Friday evening in Tel Aviv at the age of 90.

Maron died at the Ichilov Hospital, surrounded by family members.

Born Hanna Meierzak in Berlin, Germany, she appeared as a child in several plays, films, and radio plays. In 1933, following the Nazis’ rise to power, she immigrated with her family to what was then Mandate Palestine.

In 1940, Maron joined the Habima Theater. During World War II, she volunteered for the Auxiliary Territorial Service of the British army, serving two years before joining the Jewish Brigade’s entertainment troupe.

In 1945 she joined the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv. As a member of the repertory committee, she helped shape the company's repertoire, including new works by Israeli dramatists.

In February of 1970, Maron was on an El Al flight to London to star in a production of Fiddler on the Roof, when the flight was hijacked to Munich-Riem Airport by Palestinian Arab terrorists. Maron sustained serious injuries in a grenade attack perpetrated by the hijackers and her leg had to be amputated, but she resumed her acting career a year later.

In 1973, she was awarded the Israel Prize in theater.

Among the films Maron starred in: Aunt Clara (1977), The Vulture (1981) and Dead End Street (1982).

From 1983 to 1986, Maron starred in the Israeli sitcom “Krovim, Krovim”, alongside famous singer Yehoram Gaon, among others. The show remains popular to this day and reruns continue to air on Israeli television.

In 2011, Maron was named by Guinness World Records as having the "longest career as a theatrical actress".

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