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Zaharira Harifai

Hebrew: זהרירה חריפאי
Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel
Death: Died in Tel Aviv, Israel
Cause of death: Cancer
Place of Burial: Israel
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Daughter of Chaim Leib Harifai and <private> Harifai
Wife of Shlomo Yosef Shva
Mother of Private User
Sister of בן שחר חריפאי

Occupation: Israeli film, stage, and television actress and recipient of the Israel Prize in Theatre, 2003
Managed by: Jeremy Nathan Kuttner
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About Zaharira Harifai

Zaharira Harifai (December 1929 – January 2, 2013) was an Israeli film, stage, and television actress and recipient of the Israel Prize in Theater, which she was awarded in 2003. The Jerusalem Post called her "one of Israel's most celebrated actresses."

She was born in Jaffa (where she was also raised). Her father Haim Leib Harifai immigrated from Russia in 1924. He became a journalist, but died when Harifai was four years old. Harifai graduated from Mikveh Yisrael agricultural school in 1946 and then became a member of the first brigade of the Palmach battalion. She studied acting and theater at the "Hadramati" school, the drama school of the Cameri Theater. She joined the ensemble of the Cameri Theater in 1968 and remained at the theater until her death in 2013.

In 2003, Harifai was awarded the Israel Prize for Theater. She won the Best Actress in Theater award in 2011 for her role in the Anat Gov play "Happy End."

Zaharira Harifai died from cancer at the age of 83 in Tel Aviv. A memorial was held at the Cameri Theater.[1] She was buried at the Kibbutz Givat HaShlosha cemetery.[2] Harifai was survived by her husband, writer Shlomo Shva, daughter Aya Shva, a director and actress, and two grandchildren.


About זהרירה חריפאי (עברית)


זהרירה חריפאי (12 בדצמבר 1929 - 2 בינואר 2013) הייתה שחקנית תיאטרון ישראלית, שיחקה בעשרות הצגות בקריירה שנמשכה למעלה מחמישים שנה. כלת פרס ישראל לתיאטרון לשנת תשס"ג.

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December 12, 1929
Tel Aviv, Israel
January 2, 2013
Age 83
Tel Aviv, Israel