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Maia Morgenstern

Maia Morgenstern is a Romanian film and stage actress, described by Florin Mitu of AMOS News as "a symbol of Romanian theater and film". In the English-speaking world, she is probably best known for the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. In Romania, she has been nationally known since her 1992 role as ... See full bio »
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 2016 The Slider (completed)
Marta Martini
 2016 High Strung (completed)
 2015 Kidnapped in Romania (completed)
 2016 What About Love
Sister Martina
 2015 Exodus to Shanghai
Mrs. Morgenstern
 2013 DramaKarma
 2013/I Carmen
dr. Janos
 2013 Miss Christina
Mrs. Moscu
 2012 Iubire Elena
 2011 In the Name of Honour (TV Series)
Marieta (2010-2011)
 2011 Fata din Transilvania (Short)
 2011 The End of Silence
 2010 Luna verde
 2010/II Eva
 2009 Aniela (TV Series)
Maica Stareta (2009-2010)
 2008 My Mother, My Bride and I
 2008 Mar nero
Madalina - Angela's sister
 2006 Mansfeld
Mrs. Mansfeld
 2006 Margo
Margo's Stepmother
 2006 Visuri otravite (Short)
Ada's mother
 2005 15
 2005 The Hurried Man (TV Movie)
Bonne de Bois de Rose
 2004 Orient Express
Amalia Frunzetti
 2004 Damen tango
 2004 Casatorie imposibila (TV Series)
 2003 Fool's Song
 2003 Rose's Songs
 2002 Bed of Procust
Doamna T.
 2000 Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula (TV Movie)
Woman at Fountain
 1999 Fata în fata
 1999 The Death Triangle
Regina Maria
 1998 Az álombánya (TV Short)
 1997 Witman fiúk
Mrs. Witman
 1996 The Seventh Room
Edith Stein
 1995 Ulysses' Gaze
Ulysses' Wife
 1994 Nostradamus
Helen (as Maja Morgenstern)
 1993 Casa din vis
 1993 Trahir
Woman in Prison
 1992 Ramînerea
 1992 The Oak
 1990 Pasaj
 1989 Marea sfidare
 1988 Maria si marea
 1984 The Secret of Bacchus
Coca - girl in the restaurant (as Maia Morgenstern Istodor)
 1983 Spinoase-s caile iubirii (Short)
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He acted in Aeschylus' play, "Oresteia," in the National Theatre of Craiova Company at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with Ilie Gheorghe, Angel Rababoc, Adrian Andone, Anca Dragomir, Mirela Cioaba, Adriana Moca, and Valer Deliakeza in the cast. Silviu Purcarete was director. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Maia Morgenstern Istodor | Maja Morgenstern

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Her 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. See more »

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One of the best performances ever Sisko23
Maia has won an Emma Award! moviefangurl
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GREAT, mostly NON-VERBAL ACTING marcin_kukuczka
any available movies in USA? poeter
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