Cameri actress Rosina Kambos died on Tuesday, after a long battle with cancer. She would have been 61 on December 17.

Despite her illness, said Cameri general manager Noam Semel, Kambos insisted on performing her usual roles, which most recently included Bianca in The Suitcase Packers and Miriam in Return to Haifa, which gained her a nomination as Best Actress for the Helen Hays Prize in Washington, DC. In 2010 she won an Ophir as Best Supporting Actress for The Personnel Director.

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She also did a lot of TV work in series such as Neighbors and Hebrew with Everything.

Kambos graduated from drama school in her native Bucharest in 1975, playing leading roles such as Lady Macbeth at its national theater before immigrating in 1983. Learning Hebrew in record time, she was with the Beersheva Theater from 1984-87 where her roles included Katherine in Taming of the Shrew and Fania Fénelon in the harrowing Playing for Time, survivor Fénelon’s account of the all-woman orchestra that played at Auschwitz.

In 1987, Kambos moved to Habimah, playing parts such as Grusha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle and the title role in Anna Weiss, for which she received the Klatchkin prize in 1997.

She joined the Cameri in 1999 where she began to illuminate character roles.

In 2011 she played the Nurse in the Cameri production of Romeo and Juliet.

This paper said of her performance that “as Juliet’s Nurse, Rosina Kambos deservedly steals every scene she’s in. Perhaps it’s because her raunchy, chatty, devoted servant has a touch of that needed depth” which the production lacked overall.

Perhaps that also describes the woman. Kambos was friendly, unpretentious, serious about her craft, had a lively, dry sense of humor and brought to every production she was in both gusto and energy.

She left behind her husband, Doron Oz-Ami, and her two sons, Tommy and Adam.

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