Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hanukkah Hotties: Better Bring An Entourage For Night #2

Yeah, I know you know who Emmanuelle Chriqui is. You've seen her on  HBO's Entourage, and if you are one of the few who saw Adam Sandler's underrated You Don't Mess with the Zohan, you'd be able to identify her as Dalia, the Palestinian love interest of the the title's Israeli counter-terror commando.

But did you know she was Jewish? A-ha! Chriqui was born in Montreal, Quebec, the daughter of Jewish Moroccan immigrants. Her mother was born in Casablanca and her father in Morocco, with Chriqui having a number of relatives currently residing in Israel. Her family practiced Orthodox Judaism, in the Sephardic tradition, and apparently agonized over her choices in boyfriends. But there's still hope for all you nebbishes out there - Emmanuelle is still single! Well, not much hope...

Miss Chriqui marks what is become a trend in Jewish actresses - away from the neurotics, away from the Fran Dreschlers, and more towards their sultry Semitic side, which has bewitched men since biblical times.

I like that trend. And I love Emmanuelle.  She can light my second Hanukkah candle any time:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Miss Chriqui marks what is become a trend in Jewish actresses - away from the neurotics"

Oh, I don't know if it's a trend. There have been beautiful, "sulty", Jewish actresses since the start of cinema. Theda Bara, the original "vamp", for example, Lauren Bacall, Hedy Lamarr ("the most beautiful woman in the world"), Luise Rainer, and others.... Or Jennifer Jason Leigh and Phoebe Cates in the '80s...