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Name: Rachel Weisz (pronounced 'Vice').
Weisz's parents were Jewish immigrants: her mother, a Viennese psychoanalyst; her father, a Hungarian inventor. Her father is credited with inventing life-saving respiratory medical equipment.
In 1986, when she was 15 years old, Weisz was modelling.
She then went on to acting, first studying literature at Cambridge's Trinity Hall. At Cambridge, she co-founded a theater group known as Talking Tongues, for which she co-wrote, co- directed and co-starred in the productions. Some of Talking Tongues' productions appeared at the Edinburgh festival.
In 1991, Weisz won a student drama award for a play she wrote and starred in.
Her career got a tremendous boost from starring in Noel Coward's Design for Living. She received the Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer for her role.
In 1993, her TV debut came with TVM, Dirty Something and the BBC miniseries Scarlet & Black.
Her first film was in 1995: the Death Machine.
Her first major film was Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty. From there, her acting career bloomed through 'My Summer With Des' all the way up to 'The Mummy', and it's return.
In July 2001, a personal landmark, she gave up smoking. "It's one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. I think the older you get the worse you look smoking. Just on a completely superficial level. Forget the fact that you're rotting your lungs. Just aesthetically." She told GQ.
In July 2002, she told 'GQ' that she was to move on to live in America: "I've just spent six months there [NYC] doing a play and I've always wanted to live there so I thought I'd give it a go for a while. It's just a very exciting city."