Elana Eden
Elana Eden
Elana Eden is a Jewish-Israeli actress best known for her film debut and title role in The Story of Ruth (1960). Born Elana Lani Cooper in Bat Yam, Israel; to a Polish landscape gardener, Eden originally auditioned for a part in The Diary of Anne Frank (1959). Upon receiving the part of Ruth, the film crew changed her name to Elana Eden, because "Cooper" did not sound Jewish.
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  • 1967
    Age 26
    In Modesto, California in 1967, Eden was a speaker at the kickoff dinner for the Modesto Jewish Welfare and United Jewish Appeal campaign.
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  • 1962
    Age 21
    Eden married Israeli author and playwright Nissim Aloni in 1962, and later divorced him in 1965.
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  • 1957
    Age 16
    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 until Millie Perkins received the part.
    More Details Hide Details When searching for an actress to play the title role in 20th Century Fox's CinemaScope biblical-epic The Story of Ruth, producer Samuel G. Engel had 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. Out of the twenty-nine actresses who were tested, Eden was finally chosen and cast as Ruth. Upon receiving the part of Ruth, the film crew changed her stage name from "Elana Cooper" to "Elana Eden", because Cooper did not sound Jewish. Her performance was complimented by columnist Hedda Hopper. After her appearance in The Story of Ruth, Eden appeared in several television series both in the United States and in Israel. She also appeared in Trunk to Cairo, co-starring Audie Murphy, George Sanders, and Marianne Koch.
  • 1940
    Born on May 1, 1940.
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