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Shirly Brener, not just an actress

by Danielle Berrin

April 7, 2009 | 4:48 pm

With 43 credits to her name, you’d assume Shirly Brener is busy as an actress.

And that would be true: By the end of 2009, she’ll have starred in 11 films, one of which, she is also producing. Her impressive Hollywood resume is probably why Esquire magazine just named her one of the top 5 hottest Israeli women in their April 2009 issue. One glimpse of her ribbed abs in a sexy bikini pose and you get the obvious: she’s beautiful, ostensibly all-American and willing to take her clothes off.

But that would leave out other exotic facts: For example, that she’s married—to screenwriter/architect/painter Bruce Rubenstein (who ran Mickey Rourke’s production company during Rourke’s notorious heyday). Or that with a petite 5’5’’ frame, she gained 55 pounds during her first pregnancy with their daughter, Mila. She was raised globally—between London and Israel—and now resides in Los Angeles. She has a degree in art history, is a classically-trained ballerina and has been acting since age 2. 

More later, as I’m off to interview her!

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Danielle Berrin writes the award-winning Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile...

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