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Gila Golan

Gila Golan
Gila Golan in 1966
Born (1940-12-30) December 30, 1940
Kraków, Poland
Other names גילה גולן; Miriam Goldberg
Occupation Model and actress
Years active 1964–1985
Spouse(s) Alex Urban (?-1968)
Matthew Bernard Rosenhaus (1969–1980) (his death)
Third husband?
Children Sarita Agnes (b. 1970)
Loretta (b. 1975)[1]

Gila Golan (Hebrew: גילה גולן‎; born 1940) (originally Zoshia Zavatski) is a Polish-born, Israeli former fashion model and actress.

Golan was born in Kraków, Poland, around 1940. Her exact birthday is not known, as she was hidden from the Nazis at a young age. However, she has adopted the birthday of December 30, 1940, for herself. She was found, as an abandoned baby, on the streets of Krakow. A Roman Catholic family found her left in a bundle at a train station during the Holocaust, and adopted her during the war. Her adopted family named her Zoshia Zavatski. After the war, she went to a home for 'lost' Jewish children.[2] Arriving in Israel in 1951, with the name Zusia Sobetzcki, she became Miriam Goldberg and continued her schooling in an Orthodox girls' boarding school. Within a few years she had joined a Kibbutz, and was studying to be a teacher.

She was spotted by an American photographer, and ultimately ended up in the Israeli women's magazine LaIsha. Her new fame launched her to the 1960 national fashion competition, where she won first place and was crowned as "Na'arat Israel", i.e. Israel's Maiden of Beauty (IMB) (not Miss Israel,[3]) though she changed her name to Gila Golan to prevent word getting back to her religiously conservative benefactors. After receiving second place in that year's Miss World competition as Israel's representative, she was sent to the United States to raise funds. While modelling in New York, she won a contract with Columbia Pictures.[4]

Director Stanley Kramer started her film career with the role of Elsa Lutz in his 1965 film Ship of Fools. She continued to establish herself in Our Man Flint (1966), Three on a Couch (1966), Catch as Catch Can (1967), and The Valley of Gwangi (1969).

Gila was married and divorced during the 1960s. In 1969, she married tycoon Matthew (Matty) Rosenhaus. She and Matty had three daughters: Sarita, Hedy and Loretta. Matty died of a heart attack in 1980.[1]

Gila has become very involved in Judaism with a special interest in music and singing (cantors). She lives in Florida with her third husband and now runs an investment business.


  1. ^ a b Gila Golan – The Private Life and Times of Gila Golan. Gila Golan Pictures. Retrieved on 2014-05-09.
  2. ^ Film fatales: women in espionage films and television, 1962–1973, Tom Lisanti, Louis Paul, McFarland, 2002, pages 133–135
  3. ^ Israel Pageant history. Retrieved on 2014-05-09.
  4. ^ LIFE Magazine, 2 Oct 1964, Vol. 57, No. 14, 135

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