Habima actress Ada Tal dies, 89

Tal played some 80 roles over the years, her last appearance being in the 1997 Habima Tales.

By HELEN KAYE
May 4, 2010 22:22
Habima actress Ada Tal dies, 89

habimah theater 88. (photo credit: )

Actress Ada Tal died on Saturday. She was 89.

A contemporary of such as Shimon Finkel, Dvora Bertonov who died recently aged 95, and Nahum Buchman, Tal played some 80 roles over the years, her last appearance being in the 1997 Habima Tales.

She was born in the Ukraine in 1921, and made aliya with her family in 1925. She studied her craft at the Habima Studio, with Robert Donat in London and at Lee Strasberg’s studio in New York. She played the title role in The Diary of Anne Frank to great acclaim in 1957, winning the Gnessin Prize for it that same year. The last real part she played was Anfisa, the old nurse in Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

She spent the last years of her life at the Bayit Balev nursing home in Ramat Hasharon and was buried on Monday at the Morasha cemetery in that city.


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