Short Info

Date Of BirthMay 1, 1962
SpouseDumitru Baltateanu, Claudiu Istodor
FactHer surname Morgenstern means "Morning Star" a title of the Virgin Mary, the character she played in The Passion of the Christ (2004). Mel Gibson, a devout Roman Catholic, among others, thought this of great significance when casting her.


Maia Morgenstern (born Maia Emilia Mohorčič; 1 May 1962) is a Romanian film and stage actress. She has appeared in more than thirty films since 1989.

Morgenstern was born in Timișoara, Romania, to a Slovenian father and a Romanian mother. She has a sister, Anamaria, who is also an actress. Morgenstern’s parents divorced when she was four years old, and she was raised by her mother.

Morgenstern graduated from the University of Drama and Film in Bucharest in 1985. She began her acting career in theatre, and made her film debut in the 1989 Romanian film Eu sunt Alba (I Am White).

Morgenstern’s breakthrough role came in the 1996 film Nunta mută (The Silent Wedding), for which she won the Best Actress award at the Bucharest International Film Festival. She has since appeared in several Romanian and international films, including The Passion of the Christ (2004), Tinereţe fără tinereţe (Youth Without Youth, 2007) and Portrait of the Fighter as a Young Man (2010).

Morgenstern has been married to actor Ștefan Iordache since 1988. The couple have two sons, Andrei and Alexandru.

Morgenstern’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

General Info

Full NameMaia Morgenstern
Date Of BirthMay 1, 1962
ProfessionActor
EducationCaragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography
NationalityRomanian

Family

SpouseDumitru Baltateanu, Claudiu Istodor
ChildrenTudor Istodor, Ana Isadora Istodor, Eva Leea Cabiria Istodor
ParentsUsher Morgenstern, Sara Rapapor

Accomplishments

AwardsEuropean Film Award for Best Actress, Radar de Media Awards - Special Award for the Energy She Conveys the Emotions of the Characters She Embodies
MoviesThe Passion of the Christ, High Strung, Ulysses' Gaze, The Oak, Miss Christina, Bed of Procrustes, Orient Express, The Earth's Most Beloved Son, Exodus To Shanghai, The End of Silence, Black Sea, The Man of the Day, The Witman Boys, Nostradamus, Eva, Rose's Songs, The Seventh Room, Those Who Pay Wit...

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Facts

#Fact
1She was born at 5:02 am EET.
2Mother of actor Tudor Istodor.
3Her surname Morgenstern means "Morning Star" a title of the Virgin Mary, the character she played in The Passion of the Christ (2004). Mel Gibson, a devout Roman Catholic, among others, thought this of great significance when casting her.

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2016Festival PrizeArte Non Stop Film FestivalMedium Length FilmVeni, Vidi, Fugi: I came, I saw, I fled (2016)
2016Festival AwardSydney Indie Film FestivalBest Female Supporting ActressVeni, Vidi, Fugi: I came, I saw, I fled (2016)
2004EMMAEthnic Multicultural Media Awards, UKBest Film ActressThe Passion of the Christ (2004)
1995Elvira Notari Prize - Special MentionVenice Film FestivalA hetedik szoba (1996)
1993European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean Actress of the YearBalanta (1992)
1993Romanian Union of Filmmakers AwardRomanian Union of FilmmakersBest Actress (Premiul pentru rol cu participare extraordinara)Balanta (1992)
1992Festival AwardGeneva Film FestivalBest ActressBalanta (1992)
1992Romanian Union of Filmmakers AwardRomanian Union of FilmmakersBest Actress (Premiul pentru rol cu participare extraordinara)Cei care platesc cu viata (1989)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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