piątek, 20 lipca 2007


Name: Elina Lowensohn
Date of Birth: Monday, July 11 1966
Born: Bucharest (Romania)
Nationality: Romania
Brother - Emile Lowensohn,
Father - minister of housing in Ceausescu government in Romania, concentration camp
survivor, in died 1973
Mother - defected to US in 1979

Significant Others: Husband Philippe Richard. French
Education: New York University, New York; New York Theater


With an exotic, dark appearance and an Eastern European mystery, Elina Lowensohn, a rising actress in mostly independent films, is a performer considered to have the kind of expressive looks that would have played well in silent movies. Filmgoers will long remember her performance as a Jewish architect shot by Ralph Fiennes simply because she knows how to construct a building's foundation in Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" (1993). Lowensohn's own background included both concentration camp victims and survivors. Her grandparents died in the cattle cars on the way to camps, while her father survived them. He went on to become minister of housing in the Romanian Communist government until purged because he was a Jew; he died in 1973 when Lowensohn was seven. Her mother, a ballet dancer and teacher, left Lowensohn and her younger brother in Romania while she traveled to South America to work, before settling in Washington, DC, where she obtained a green card and staged a year-long protest (including a hunger strike) until the US State Department allowed her children to emigrate to the US. The family settled in upstate New York.

After studying at New York University, Lowensohn began an association with stage director Travis Preston. She appeared in his productions of "Hamlet" (as Ophelia), "Last American in Paris", "The Ghost Sonata", "Twelfth Night" and "Roberto Zuccho". Film director Hal Hartley, a college classmate of Preston's, hired Lowensohn for his short film "Theory of Achievement" in 1991. Their association, which Lowensohn has described as "an artistic connection", has included "Simple Men" (1992), in which she was an epileptic anarchist, "Amateur" (1994), in which she plays a once notorious porn star, and "Flirt" (scheduled for release in 1996), in which she plays a nurse in a segment set in Berlin. Lowensohn has also established a working relationship with director Michael Almereyda. She was featured in his hour-long "Another Girl, Another Planet" (1992), which was shot in Pixelvision, and played the eponymous heroine of "Nadja" (1994), a femme fatale vampire loose in NYC. Lowensohn appears in Julian Schnabel's biopic of the artist "Basquiat" and plays a supporting role in Herb Gardner's "I'm Not Rappaport" (both 1996).

In a memorable 1994 episode of the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld", Lowensohn appeared as a Romanian gymnast. Her first significant TV-movie was "My Antonia," (USA), based on the Willa Cather novel, in which she plays a Bohemian immigrant teenager who brings spirit back into Neil Patrick Harris' sullen life.

Amateur (1994) [Sofia Ludens]

Another Girl Another Planet (1992) [Mia]

Basquiat (1996) [Annina Nosei]

Belles de nuit (2000) [Herself]

Doo Wop (2004)

Fiancée, La (1997) [La Fiancée]

Flirt (1995/I) [Nurse]

Geborenka (1993)

Get Well Soon (2001) [Cindy]

I'm Not Rappaport (1996) [Clara Lemlich]

In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1997) (TV) [Rachel Heller]

Intrusion (2003) [Klara]

Je n'ai jamais tué personne (2002) [Magali]

Mauvais genre (1997) [Lucie]

My Antonia (1995) (TV) [Antonia]

Nadja (1994) [Nadja]

Pictures of Baby Jane Doe (1995) [Lucinda]

Portraits filmés (2002)

Pourquoi se marier le jour de la fin du monde? (2000)

Quicksand (2001/I) (as Elina Lowensohn) [Vannessa]

Roberto Succo (2001) [Françoise Cottaz (on photos)]

Schindler's List (1993) [Diana Reiter]

Sex Traffic (2004) (TV) [Maria Danielski]

Silence de Rak, Le (1997) [Lucie]

Simple Men (1992) [Elina]

Six Ways to Sunday (1997) [Iris]

Sombre (1998) [Claire]

Theory of Achievement (1991)

Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004) [German woman]

Wake, The (2000) (V)

Wisdom of Crocodiles, The (1998) [Anne Labels]


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