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Haya Harareet is a Actor and Scriptwriter Israelienne born on 20 september 1931 at Haifa (Israel)

Haya Harareet

Haya Harareet
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Nationality Israel
Birth 20 september 1931 at Haifa (Israel)
Death 3 february 2021 (at 89 years)

Haya Harareet (Hebrew: חיה הררית‎; born 20 September 1931), sometimes credited as Haya Hararit, is an Israeli actress, best known as Esther in Ben Hur (1959) opposite Charlton Heston.


Haya Harareet was born in Haifa, in the British Mandate of Palestine, and began her career in Israeli films with Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1955). She played opposite Virna Lisi in Francesco Maselli's La donna del giorno (1957) (The Doll that Took the Town). Her major role as Esther in Ben Hur (1959) remains her most widely seen performance in international cinema.

Then came 1961's L'Atlantide (Journey Beneath The Desert, aka The Lost Kingdom), directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and co-starring Jean-Louis Trintignant. She appeared opposite Stewart Granger in Basil Dearden's film The Secret Partner (1961), and she played the role of Dr. Madolyn Bruckner in The Interns (1962). Her career was short-lived and ended in 1964.

She co-wrote the screenplay for Our Mother's House (1967) from the novel of the same name by Julian Gloag. She was married to the British film director Jack Clayton until his death on February 26, 1995. She resides in Buckinghamshire, England.

Best films

Ben-Hur (1959)

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Filmography of Haya Harareet (9 films)

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The Interns, 2h
Directed by David Swift
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films
Actors Michael Callan, Cliff Robertson, James MacArthur, Nick Adams, Suzy Parker, Anne Helm
Roles Dr. Madolyn Bruckner
Rating64% 3.2415253.2415253.2415253.2415253.241525
John Paul Otis' (Cliff Robertson) ambition to become a doctor is compromised when he falls in love with model Lisa Cardigan (Suzy Parker), then steals pills from the hospital on her behalf. His close friend and classmate, Lew Worship (James MacArthur), feels compelled to inform on Otis, ending his friend's career.
The Pigeon That Took Rome, 1h43
Directed by Melville Shavelson
Origin USA
Genres War, Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Military humor in film, Spy films, Films about birds, Political films
Actors Charlton Heston, Elsa Martinelli, Haya Harareet, Jack Hawkins, Harry Guardino, Hugh Griffith
Rating60% 3.001433.001433.001433.001433.00143
In 1944, during the last stages of the war in Europe, American officers Paul MacDougall (Heston) and Joseph Contini (Guardino) are sent to Italy to act as spies for the Allies, even though they have no experience in espionage. Working with Partisan resistance soldier Ciccio Massimo (Baccaloni), MacDougall and Contini send regular reports to their superiors by carrier pigeon.
Journey Beneath the Desert, 1h44
Directed by Frank Borzage, Edgar George Ulmer, Mario Caiano
Origin Italie
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films set in Atlantis
Actors Haya Harareet, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Georges Rivière, Gino Buzzanca, Giulia Rubini, Gian Maria Volonté
Roles Queen Antinea
Rating53% 2.673472.673472.673472.673472.67347
Pierre et Robert, des ingénieurs miniers, sont en train de survoler le Sahara dans un hélicoptère piloté par leur associé John, lorsqu'une tempête les force à se poser dans une zone de test nucléaire. Peu après, ils sauvent la vie du cheick Tamal, qui les conduit dans une grotte où se trouve la cité perdue de l'Atlantide, dirigée par la belle et impitoyable Antinea. Elle interdit toute tentative d'évasion à ses visiteurs et, quand John essaye de fuir, elle le transforme en statue. Robert, bouleversé par le meurtre de son ami, est envoyé dans les mines et est tué par Pierre, qui est victime des sortilèges d'Antinea.
The Secret Partner, 1h31
Directed by Basil Dearden, George Pollock
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Stewart Granger, Haya Harareet, Bernard Lee, Hugh Burden, Lee Montague, Melissa Stribling
Roles Nicole Brent
Rating65% 3.294753.294753.294753.294753.29475
An executive officer with a record becomes a suspect when money goes missing from the shipping company vault.
Ben-Hur (1959)
, 3h34
Directed by William Wyler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Historical, Peplum
Themes Films set in Africa, Seafaring films, Christmas films, Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism, Road movies, Portrayals of Jesus in film, Chase films, Films about virginity
Actors Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott
Roles Esther
Rating80% 4.04884.04884.04884.04884.0488
In AD 26, Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) is a wealthy prince and merchant in Jerusalem, who lives with his mother, Miriam (Martha Scott); his sister, Tirzah (Cathy O'Donnell); their loyal slave, Simonides (Sam Jaffe); and his daughter, Esther (Haya Harareet), who loves Ben-Hur but is betrothed to another. His childhood friend, the Roman citizen Messala (Stephen Boyd), is now a tribune. After several years away from Jerusalem, Messala returns as the new commander of the Roman garrison. Messala believes in the glory of Rome and its imperial power, while Ben-Hur is devoted to his faith and the freedom of the Jewish people.
Hill 24 Doesn't Answer, 1h41
Directed by Thorold Dickinson
Origin Israel
Genres Drama, War, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Edward Mulhare, Haya Harareet, Shoshana Damari, Yossi Yadin
Roles Miriam Miszrahi
Rating59% 2.953072.953072.953072.953072.95307
L'intrigue tourne autour des histoires personnelles de soldats israéliens qui se rendent vers une colline stratégique surplombant la route de Jérusalem pour assurer sa défense.


Our Mother's House, 1h44
Directed by Jack Clayton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films about families
Actors Dirk Bogarde, Mark Lester, Pamela Franklin, Phoebe Nicholls, Yootha Joyce, Anthony Nicholls
Rating71% 3.5943653.5943653.5943653.5943653.594365
The seven Hook children, whose ages range from five to fourteen, live in a dilapidated Victorian house in suburban London. The older children help to care for their invalid single mother, whose chronic illness has led to her to convert to fundamentalist religion and refuse all medical help. When their mother dies suddenly, the children realise that they may be split up and sent to orphanages, so they decide to conceal their mother's death and carry on with their daily routine as if she were still alive. They secretly bury their mother in the back yard at night, and convert the garden shed into a shrine to her, where they periodically hold seances to communicate with her spirit.