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GILA ALMAGOR

Gila Almagor is a highly awarded actress. She has studied in New York for two years with the best teachers, such as Lee Strassberg and Utah Hagen, and she has appeared with all the theatres in Israel. She has played leading roles in classic and modern plays as well as about 50 films. For her roles in films and on the stage she has won several prizes such as The Critcs Award for the film "Schor" and the Israeli Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in the Israeli Film.

Gila Almagor's first book "The summer of Aviya" became a part of the curriculum in Israeli schools and was translated into 15 languages. It was adapted for very successful theatre and film versions with solo performances by Mrs. Almagor. The film version of the book won  the Berlin Silver Bear, the Spanish Valladolid "Golden Spike", the Dutch Cine Kid prize, the prize of the best foreign film in San Remo, Italy, Unicef Prize, Yugoslavia. She has published three further books which also received wide acclaim.
       
Gila Almagor is one of the founders of the Israeli Artists Association I.U.P.A and the founder of the "Gila Almagor's Wishes Foundation", which supports children with severe diseases. She is also head of the Cancer Association in Tel-Aviv.

In July 1996 she was awarded the President"s Medal of Volunteers, the highest decoration for volunteers in Israel.