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
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
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.
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.