Morgenstern made her feature acting debut in 1983 in â€śPrea cald pentru luna mai,â€ť which was directed by Maria Callas Dinescu, and has given that alternated between stage and film work. Her subsequent film credits include the drama â€śChained Justiceâ€ť (1983), â€śThe Season of Loveâ€ť (1986), Mircea Muresan’s â€śMaria and the Seaâ€ť (1988), where she portrayed the title role, and â€śMarea sfidareâ€ť (1989).
More film roles followed during the 1990s. Morgenstern was handed a Romanian Union of Filmmakers for Best Actress for her work in the 1991 Romanian film â€śThose Who Pay with Their Lives/Cei care platesc cu viata.â€ť However, she did not experience massive breakthrough until 1992 when director Lucian Pintilie cast her in the lead role of Nela in â€śBalanta/The Oak Treeâ€ť which was shown at the New York Film Festival in October 1992. Adapted from a novel by Ion Baiesu, the drama described Romania before the downfall of Ceausescu through the story of Nela, the daughter of ex-colonel of the Securitate, the Romanian political police, who rejected to become an agent of the Securitate, and was hailed as one of the greatest films of the 1990s. For her bright performance, the actress picked up Best Actress honors at the Geneva Film Festival, the European Film and the Romanian Union of Filmmakers.
The success of â€śBalantaâ€ť boosted Morgenstern’s international status. In 1994, she teamed up with British director Roger Christian for the English-language biopic â€śNostradamus,â€ť where she appeared with the Turkey-born TchĂ©ky Karyo, American actress Amanda Plummer and British performer Julia Ormond. The next year, she played Edith Stein in the Hungarian film â€śThe Seventh Room/SiĂłdmy pokĂłj (1995), from which she took home a Elvira Notari Prize-Special Mention from the Venice Film Festival, and costarred with Harvey Keitel in the Theodoros Angelopoulos-directed drama/war â€śUlysses’ Gazeâ€ť (1995). The rest of the decade identified roles in such vehicles as â€śThe Man of the Day /Omul zileiâ€ť (1997), a mediocre drama about the Romanian change, the Hungarian drama â€śThe Witman Boysâ€ť (1998) and the epic drama â€śTriunghiul mortiiâ€ť (1999).
Entering the refreshing millennium, Morgenstern played one of the leads, Nonna, in the French-language â€śMarie, Nonna, la vierge et moiâ€ť (2000), directed by Francis Renaud. Later that same year, she was featured as woman at fountain in the American TV special â€śDark Prince: The True Story of Dracula,â€ť by director Joe Chapelle. After working in a few a lot more Romanian/Hungarian projects, including the based-on-novel â€śBed of Procustâ€ť (2001) and the drama â€śFool’s Songâ€ť (2003), Morgenstern enjoyed critical and commercial success in America with the celebrated drama â€śThe Passion of The Christâ€ť (2004), which was nominated for three Academy Awards. Under the direction of Mel Gibson, she won an EMMA for Best Actress for her fine portrayal of Mary, the mother of Jesus (played by James Caviezel).
Morgenstern returned to her Romanian roots after â€śThe Passion of The Christâ€ť by appearing in Sergiu Nicolaescu’s â€śOrient Expressâ€ť and â€śDamen tangoâ€ť (both 2004). She next played Bonne de Bois de Rose for French TV, â€śHomme pressĂ©, L’â€ť (2005), rejoined Nicolaescu for the outstanding action/drama â€ś15â€ť (2005), was cast as Adina Galupa’s mother in the quick film â€śVisuri otraviteâ€ť (2006) as well as played the stepmother of the titular character in Ioan Carmazan’s â€śMargoâ€ť (2006) and Mrs. Mansfeld in â€śMansfeldâ€ť (2006), which tells the life of PĂ©ter Mansfeld, one of the national heroes of Hungary.
The 46-year-old performer will have a supporting role in Adrian Popovici’s â€śEveâ€ť (2008), starring Vanessa Redgrave. She is also set to portray Eszter Somos in the horror/film â€śThe House of Terrorâ€ť (2008), for director Peter Engert.
|Date of Birth||1 May 1962|
|Place of Birth||Bucharest, Romania|