(1970 - )
Rachel Weisz was born on March 7, 1971, in London.
Her father, George Weisz, fled to England from Hungary in the 1930s
to escape Nazi persecution. Although her mother, Edith, was of Catholic
descent, Rachel Weisz was raised Jewish. Weisz attended Cambridge University
and acted in many on campus performances.
Weisz’s breakthrough role was that of Gilda in
Sean Mathias’s 1995 play Design for Living. She began her movie
career in 1995 with a role in Chain
Reaction and Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty. Weisz has starred in a number of films including The
Mummy (1999), About
a Boy (2002), Runaway
Jury (2003) and Constantine (2005). Her stage performances also include Catherine in Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer and Evelyn in Neil LaBute’s The
Shape of Things.
In 2005, Weisz starred in The
Constant Gardener, a
film set in Kibera and Loiyangalani, Kenya. For this role, Weisz won
the 2006 Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.
She also won the 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance
by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2006, Weisz will star in
The Fountain, written and directed by her fiancé, Darren Aronofsky.
On May 31, 2006, Weisz gave birth to her first child
Sources: Wikipedia; Picture by Michael Weiner