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Nationality IsraelBirth 20 june 1963
(58 years) at Lviv (Ukraine
Alona Kimhi (Hebrew: אלונה קמחי) (born 20 June 1963) is an Israeli award winning author and former actress.
Alona Kimhi was born in Lvov, Ukraine (then in the Soviet Union), in 1966 and emigrated to Israel with her family in 1972.
Following her army service, in a Kibbutz in the Negev Desert., she moved to Tel-Aviv and studied acting at the Beit Zvi Academy of Dramatic Arts, which she graduated with honors and began her career as a Film and Theatre actress. Alona starred in several Israeli and international films, including “Himo King of Jerusalem”, “Aba Ganuv”, and Toby Hooper’s Night Terrors as well as playing leading roles in plays by Shakespeare, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams.
In the late 1980s, Alona started writing lyrics to songs by her spouse, Israeli musician Izhar Ashdot, writing articles for major magazines and began writing short stories.
Her first collection of short stories won the 1994 anonymous ACUM literary contest and the resulting book I Anastasia was published a year later to critical acclaim and became a national bestseller, winning the Israeli Copyright Society prestigious Book of the Year Award.
By the late 1990s, Alona became a full-time writer. Her second book and first novel, Weeping Susannah, published in 1998, turned her into a major voice of her generation and started her international career. Weeping Susannah won the 1999 Bernstein award for best novel and the French WIZO award. It has since been translated to 16 languages, published in major international publishing houses, such as Gallimard in France where she is a well known author.
In 2009, her novel Weeping Susanna was dramatized as a miniseries for the Israeli cable TV channel Hot 3.
In 2014 her name was brought up in various newspapers, because she demanded the murder of Tuvia Tenenbom in a private facebook post. Later, she said she this was just a joke.
Alona lives in Tel Aviv with her spouse Izhar Ashdot and their son Ilai, writing novels, plays and screenplays for Film and TV.