Israel Prize-winning actress Hanna Maron dies at 90

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli actress Hanna Maron, who won the Israel Prize for her screen and stage career, has died.

Maron died Friday in Tel Aviv. She was 90.

The 1973 Israel Prize recipient for theater also was recognized in 2011 by the Guinness World Records as the actress with the longest stage career, 83 years. Maron already had appeared in several German films before immigrating to prestate Palestine with her parents in 1933 at the age of 10.

Some of her most memorable stage performances came in “Pygmalion,” “The Glass Menagerie” and “Hello, Dolly!,” as well as several plays by another Israel Prize winner, Nathan Alterman. Maron also starred in Israel’s first sitcom, “Krovim, Krovim,” from 1983 to 1986.

In 1970, she lost a leg in a terror attack when her El Al flight to London was hijacked to Munich by Palestinians; Maron sustained serious injuries from a grenade explosion. She was flying to England to audition for a part in the production of “Fiddler on the Roof” opposite Chaim Topol.

She was against performing in the West Bank. Maron once told Haaretz, “These are occupied territories, and I am against the occupation.”