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Israelis You Should Know: Hanna Maron

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Name: Hanna Maron

Life: November 22, 1923 - May 30, 2014

Known for: Hanna Maron was an Israeli actress of film and stage who held the world record for the longest career in theater.

About her: Born Hanna Meierzak in Berlin, Germany, she began her acting career at a very young age, appearing on stage, in films, and in radio plays. While she acted in Germany, and even spent a year in Paris, Helen moved with her family to British-Mandate Palestine following Hitler's rise to power in 1933.

At the age of 17, Hanna joined Habimah, the national theater of Israel. Once World War II broke out, she volunteered for the Auxilliary Territorial Service of the British Army before serving two years with the Jewish Brigade's entertainment troupe.

After the war, Hanna joined Tel Aviv's Cameri Theater, which featured new works by Israeli playwrights and led her to becoming one of Israel's leading actresses.

In 1970, Hanna's career was threatened when she was aboard an El Al flight hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. Hanna was seriously injured by a grenade blast, which resulted in the amputation of her leg. This did not slow her acting career, however, as she starred in films throughout the 1970s and 1980s, a popular Israeli sitcom from 1983 to 1986, and continued acting onstage well into the 21st century.

Throughout her career, Hanna Maron not only inspired Israel with her acting talent, but with her determination, longevity, and love of the Jewish state.

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