Elina Lowensohn

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 07/10/1966 in Romania

Filmography

Actor (30)

Declaration of War 2012 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Lourdes 2010 (Movie)

Cecile (Actor)

Black Venus 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Paradise 2009 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Romaine par moins 30 2009 (Movie)

Antonia (Actor)

Vasco 2009 (Movie)

(Voice)

Able Danger 2008 (Movie)

Kasia (Actor)

South of Heaven 2008 (Movie)

Veronica (Actor)

Fay Grim 2007 (Movie)

Bebe (Actor)

Dark Water 2005 (Movie)

Dahlia's Mother (Actor)

Docteur X 2004 (Movie)

Lola (Actor)

Get Well Soon 2001 (Movie)

Cindy (Actor)

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

Juliette (Actor)

The Wisdom of Crocodiles 2000 (Movie)

Anne Levels (Actor)

Six Ways to Sunday 1999 (Movie)

Iris (Actor)

Jane Doe 1998 (Movie)

Lucinda (Actor)

Sombre 1998 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Mauvais Genre 1997 (Movie)

Lucie (Actor)

Basquiat 1996 (Movie)

Annina Nosei (Actor)

Flirt 1996 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

I'm Not Rappaport 1996 (Movie)

Clara Lemlich (Actor)

The Silence of Rak 1996 (Movie)

Lucie (Actor)

Amateur 1995 (Movie)

Sofia (Actor)

Nadja 1995 (Movie)

Nadja (Actor)

Seinfeld 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Simple Men 1992 (Movie)

Elina (Actor)

Another Girl, Another Planet 1991 (Movie)

Mia (Actor)

Theory of Achievement 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Antonia (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Emile Lowensohn

Brother
younger

Philippe Richard

Husband
French

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York
studied as part of Playwrights Horizon School; dropped out after three years

attended high school in Ossining, New York; graduated in 1984

Milestones

1995

TV-movie debut in title role of "My Antonia" (USA)

1994

TV acting debut as a Romanian gymnast in an episode of "Seinfeld" (NBC)

1994

Played title role in Almeryda's "Nadja"

1993

Co-starred in "Schindler's List"

1992

First colloboration with Michael Almeryda, "Another Girl, Another Planet"

1992

First feature role in Hartley's "Amateur"

1991

Film debut, Hal Hartley's short "Theory of Achievement"

1980

Came to US after her mother staged protests at the US State Department in effort to have Lowensohn and her brother be released from Romania

Born in Romania

After dropping out of NYU, worked in theatrical productions directed by Travis Preston

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm no goddess. I remember my high school days when no boy was looking at me. But if I am compared to the silent screen stars, I love it." --Lowensohn in Interview, April 1995.

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"Elina is someone who knows all about the pleasures of being watched, and of letting herself be seen." --Director Hal Hartley

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