A British actress whose name and dark looks effortlessly conjure up associations with Eastern European exoticism, Rachel Weisz first earned the attention of an international audience with her role as the spoiled daughter of a sculptor in Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty (1996). She became even better known by playing the part of a charming, feisty, yet slightly naïve librarian in the 1999 box office hit The Mummy. Weisz won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her dynamic role in The Constant Gardner.
The daughter of a Jewish-Hungarian inventor and an Austrian psychoanalyst (both sides of the family fled Fascist Europe during the '30s), Weisz was born in London in March 1971. Much of her adolescence was spent modeling, and she attended Cambridge to study English. While there, she formed a theatre company called Talking Tongues, which won the Guardian Award at the Edinburgh Festival for its take on Neville Shouthall's Washbag. Rachel went on to star on stage in the highly acclaimed Sean Mathias revival of Noel Coward's Design For Living.
Date and Place of Birth: 7th March 1971; London, UK
Height: 167cm (5' 6")
Family: Mother Edith Ruth, a Jewish-Austrian psychoanalyst and father George, a Jewish-Hungarian inventor. Has a younger sister, Minnie
Education: Studied English at Cambridge University
Quotation: "I sometimes do worry that actors are people's role models, you know. And doctors and teachers and people doing really important things just get paid nothing. And they put us on the cover of magazines. They should be our heroes. I find it all a bit dubious."
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