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Facts about American-South African actress Embeth Davidtz famed for Schindler's List and Ray Donovan

Published Sun Nov 24 2019 By Travis
Facts about American-South African actress Embeth Davidtz famed for Schindler's List and Ray Donovan

Embeth Davidtz made the whole world stand up and take notice in 1993 when the movie 'Schindler’s List' was released. The film made over $300 million at the box office and won seven Academy Awards, but the reason the movie was such a harrowing experience was because of the acting in the film.

Embeth showed what it was like as a helper inside the Nazi living quarters for officers, and by proxy of her, we saw the brutality of a SS soldier and how the people in Poland did not mean a thing to the Nazi soldiers. After the 'Army of Darkness,' this was only her second movie, and to say she was a standout performer is an understatement.

Embeth Davidtz is an actress who appeared in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List.
Embeth Davidtz is an actress who appeared in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List.

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The appearance in 'Schindler’s List' played a pivotal role in Embeth’s career, and she is still famous for her appearance in the movie. Though she’s been in multiple different projects, nothing will be more haunting and scary than her appearance in Steven Spielberg’s magnum opus. She also appeared as one of the Shepherd sisters in the show Grey's Anatomy.

Embeth Davidtz is a Breast Cancer Survivor

Embeth Davidtz is a Breast Cancer Survivor

The actress was not lighting the world on fire with her various acting roles, but she was performing well for the role she was asked to play, and while making the best of her opportunities, Embeth’s career came to a screeching halt when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Embeth only revealed she suffered from breast cancer while doing the press for 'Ray Donovan.' She appeared in seven episodes of the hit Showtime series, and she was required to do a nude scene in the movie, which resulted in the actress asking the writers of the show to include her partially-reconstructed right breast.

The American actress revealed she stopped all her work in 2013 and got a mastectomy to root out cancer and also went under surgery to reconstruct her breast.

Born in America, Raised in South Africa

Embeth Davidtz

Embeth’s parents, John and Jean, were living in the United States while her father was studying at Purdue University to become a chemical engineer. She was born on 11 August 1965 in Lafayette, Indiana, while her father was still in the University.

The entire family soon moved to New Jersey, but the pull of home was too much to ignore, and the family of three relocated to South Africa. Embeth was only nine years old at the time of the move, and she finished her high school as were as her college education in South Africa.

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Because of all the moving, she started became proficient in English, French, and Afrikaans, which came in handy when she was in school.

She was Hand-Picked by Steven Spielberg for the Role of 'Helen Hirsch' in 'Schindler’s List'

After finishing her college education, she started in her passion of acting in the late 80s. Her first job was at Cape Performing Arts Board at the age of 21 in Cape Town, and she only appeared in small productions here and there. But fate would have it, Steven Spielberg saw the movie Nag van die Nehentiende, and she caught the eye of the director. Spielberg hired the actress based on her performance in the film, and it was the right decision.

Embeth Davidtz’s Past Affairs and Married Life with Her Husband

Embeth Davidtz and her husband Jason Sloane during their marriage ceremony.

While her career was taking off, she was also finding herself in the middle of some high profile relationships with established actors. Embeth and Harvey Keitel were together for an extended period of time, and she was also in a relationship with Ben Chaplin for a few years.

But relationships and affairs aside, she found the love of her life and got married pretty soon with her husband Jason Sloane on 22 June 2002. Jason is an entertainment attorney, and their wedding was a Jewish affair. The couple is also the parents of daughter Emily, born in 2002 and son Asher born in 2005.

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