Elana Eden

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Elana Eden
Elana Eden publicity photo.jpg
Publicity photo, 1960
BornElana Lani Cooper
(Hebrew: לייני אילנה קופר‎)

(1940-05-01) May 1, 1940 (age 74)
Bat Yam, Tel Aviv, Israel
OccupationActress
Years active1960–1966
Notable work(s)The Story of Ruth (1960)
Spouse(s)Nissim Aloni
(married 1962–1965)
Fredric Myrow
(married 1969–1999)
Children3
 
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Elana Eden
Elana Eden publicity photo.jpg
Publicity photo, 1960
BornElana Lani Cooper
(Hebrew: לייני אילנה קופר‎)

(1940-05-01) May 1, 1940 (age 74)
Bat Yam, Tel Aviv, Israel
OccupationActress
Years active1960–1966
Notable work(s)The Story of Ruth (1960)
Spouse(s)Nissim Aloni
(married 1962–1965)
Fredric Myrow
(married 1969–1999)
Children3

Elana Eden (Hebrew: אילנה עדן‎; born May 1, 1940) is an Israeli actress of film, television, and theatre,[1] best known for her film debut as the title role in 20th-Century Fox's biblical epic The Story of Ruth (1960).

Early life[edit]

Eden was born Elana Lani Cooper in Bat Yam, Tel Aviv District, Israel. Her father, Zvi Cooper, was born in Russia and her mother was born in Poland.[2] She has a sister, Tamar, and a brother, Moti.[3] Since her youth, Eden was associated with the stage and therefore became a member of the Habima Theatre Drama School.[4] She made her theatrical debut in the play Lysistrata for which she performed over fifty times in various locations of Israel.[4]

Career[edit]

After having served as a machine gunner and volunteer with the Israeli Army, Eden auditioned for the film The Diary of Anne Frank in London in 1957 and became one of the five finalists for the part until Millie Perkins was cast.[4]

With Thayer David in the theatrical trailer for The Story of Ruth (1960)

When searching for an actress to play the title role in 20th Century Fox's CinemaScope biblical epic The Story of Ruth (1960), producer Samuel G. Engel remembered her previous screen test for The Diary of Anne Frank and Eden arrived in Hollywood on August 18, 1959 to do more screen tests for the part of Ruth.[4] Out of the twenty-nine actresses who were tested, Eden was finally chosen and cast as Ruth.[4] The film crew changed her stage name from "Elana Cooper" to "Elana Eden," because "Cooper did not sound Jewish."[4] For the film she lost ten pounds in three weeks, giving up "bread and butter, sour cream, rich sauces and cakes" for "steak, cottage cheese and fresh fruit."[5] Of her portrayal, Variety wrote: "She gives a performance of dignity, projecting an inner strength through a delicate veneer."[6] Daniel A. Poling, editor of the Christian Herald, thought that Eden's portrayal of Ruth was "worthy of an Oscar."[7] Her performance was also complimented by columnist Hedda Hopper.[4]

After her appearance in The Story of Ruth, Eden appeared in several television series both in the United States and in Israel.[4] She also appeared in Trunk to Cairo (1966), co-starring Audie Murphy, George Sanders, and Marianne Koch.

Personal life[edit]

Eden married Israeli author and playwright Nissim Aloni in 1962, and later divorced him in 1965.[4] She later married American composer Fredric "Fred" Myrow on June 6, 1969.[8] They had three daughters, Rachael, Shira, and Neora.[9]

In 1967 in Modesto, California, Eden was a speaker at the kickoff dinner for the Modesto Jewish Welfare and United Jewish Appeal campaign.[4]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1960This Is Your LifeHerselfEpisode: Mervin LeRoy
The Story of RuthRuthFilm debut
1961Adventures in ParadiseShasme HasmarEpisode: Who Is Sylvia?
The Barbara Stanwyck ShowAnnaEpisode: The Hitch-Hiker
1966Trunk to CairoHadassaIsraeli-West German film

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kahn Atkins, Irene. Henry Koster. Scarecrow Press, 1987. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ Parsons, Louella O. (March 27, 1960). "Elana Eden: Hollywood's Newest Cinderella Story". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Story of Elana, Like That of Ruth, Begins in Israel Amid Troubled Times". The Milwaukee Journal. May 24, 1960. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Elana Eden - The Private Life and Times". glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com. Retrieved February 26, 2011
  5. ^ Lane, Lydia (May 7, 1960). "Hollywood Beauty: Elana Eden Has Cinederella Story". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Review: 'The Story of Ruth'". Variety. December 31, 1960. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ Poling, Daniel A. (February 2, 1961). ""The Story of Ruth"". The Kiowa News. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ilana Cooper, "California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985"". FamilySearch. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Fredric Myrow". Variety. January 18, 1999. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 

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