Rovina, Hanna

   Considered the "first lady of the Hebrew theater." She was born in the Minsk Province in Ukraine and studied Hebrew in a modern heder and trained to be a teacher in Warsaw. When directors Nahum Zemach and Constantin Stanislavsky established the Hebrew-language Habimah Theater in Moscow in 1917, she was invited to join, immediately rising to become the company's star performer. When Habimah moved permanently to Palestine in 1931, she moved with it and quickly gained status as Israel's first and finest Hebrew actresses. Rovina died in Tel Aviv on 2 February 1980.

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