Prolific Israeli actress Ronit Elkabetz dies at 51

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Ronit Elkabetz, a prolific Israeli actress and filmmaker whose work earned her stardom in France as well as at home, has died. She was 51.

The Haaretz daily said she died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. She won three of Israel's equivalent of the Oscar.

Former President Shimon Peres mourned her passing, calling her Israel's "cultural ambassador."

Elkabetz's darkly comic roles made her a regular at the Cannes Film Festival for much of the past 15 years.

She broke out of the French cinephile circle with "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalemm," nominated for a Golden Globe.

She is survived by her husband and 4-year-old twin sons. Haaretz says she will lie in state at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque on Wednesday before her funeral.

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