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Rachel Weisz

b. March 7, 1970

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Rachel Weisz until we are able to commission a full entry.

Photo of Rachel Weisz, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Rachel Weisz’s film career has spanned films from action movies like The Mummy to more nuanced roles in The Constant Gardner and Denial. Weisz began a modeling career at age 14 and earned a BA in English from Trinity Hall at Cambridge, where she co-founded the student acting troupe Cambridge Talking Tongues. She had early roles in BBC dramas including Inspector Morse and in the movies Death Machine, Chain Reaction, and Stealing Beauty before her breakout role in the 1999 B-movie send-up The Mummy. She also played leading roles in 2001’s Enemy at the Gates and 2002’s About a Boy. She earned an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for her role in The Constant Gardener in 2005. In 2006 she received a BAFTA for British Artist of the Year. She has continued to pursue a wide range of roles, performing in The Fountain in 2006, The Bourne Legacy in 2012, and The Light Between Oceans in 2016, among many others. In 2016 she also played historian Deborah Lipstadt in the biopic Denial.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rachel Weisz." (Viewed on September 26, 2021) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/weisz-rachel>.

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