Theater Actress Hanna Maron Dies at 90

Hanna Maron - H 2014
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Hanna Maron - H 2014

She was long upheld as one of Israel's first ladies of theater and was acknowledged by the Guinness World Records as the actress with the longest theater career in history.

Veteran Israeli theater actress Hanna Maron has passed away in Tel Aviv on Friday night local time at the age of 90, according to Israel's Channel 2 News and other media outlets in the country. 

Maron was long upheld as one the country’s first ladies of theater and in 2011 was acknowledged by the Guinness World Records as the actress with the longest theater career in history.

The German born Maron started her stage career at the age of 4 in Berlin and in 1931 made her cinematic debut in Austrian filmmaker Fritz Lang's thriller M.

Following the rise of the Third Reich in 1933, her family immigrated to what was known as Palestine, where in 1940 she joined the Habima (Israel's national theater) followed by The Cameri Theatre. During World War II she toured the country as part of the Jewish Brigade's entertainment troupe, led by the Auxiliary Territorial Service of the British army.

In 1970, en route to London via Munich to audition for a part in the West End production of Fiddler on the Roof opposite fellow Israeli actor Chaim Topol, Maron was injured following the failed terrorist hijacking of El Al flight 707 and lost her left leg. After a hiatus, she returned to the stage and in the years to come became a vocal peace activist. In 1973 she was awarded the annual Israel Prize, regarded as the state's highest honor.

Maron went on to headline dozens of theatrical adaptations, including Carlo Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters, Arthur Miller's All My Sons, multiple Shakespearean plays and the musical Hello, Dolly. In 2011, Guinness World Records spokeswoman Anne-Lise Rouse announced that Maron's 83 years on stage qualifies her as having the longest career in theater, to which the actress responded by saying she "finds it very amusing."

Her biggest TV recognition came in the early 1980s when she started in the highly popular sitcom Krovim, Krovim, which ran for three seasons and still airs in weekly reruns in Israel.

Widowed since 2001, Maron was married three times and is survived by three children.