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Embeth Jean Davidtz (born August 11, 1965) is an American-born South African actress. Davidtz was born in Lafayette, Indiana, while her father was studying chemical engineering at Purdue University. Her parents, John and Jean, later moved to Trenton, New Jersey, and then back to their native South Africa when Davidtz was nine years old. Davidtz is of English descent and had to learn Afrikaans before attending school classes in South Africa. Her film debut came in 1988 when she starred in the South African-filmed, American horror film, Mutator, and shortly after won a major role in the politically sensitive South African made-for-television film A Private Life, as the daughter of an interracial couple. She garnered a South African equivalent of an Oscar nomination playing a rape victim who becomes deaf and mute, in the psychologically intense Afrikaans feature film, Nag van die 19de (Night of the 19th) in 1992.
After meeting with an agent in London, Davidtz moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and immediately landed a role in her first American film, Sam Raimi`s Army of Darkness. Soon after she appeared in two NBC projects, the made-for-television film Till Death Do Us Part and the miniseries Deadly Matrimony. She was also seen in Laura Ziskin`s short film Oh, What A Day, opposite Viggo Mortensen. Director Steven Spielberg spotted the actress in Deadly Matrimony and cast her in Schindler`s List as Helen Hirsch, the Jewish maid. In Junebug (2005), Davidtz played an outsider art dealer from Chicago brought to North Carolina by her husband (Alessandro Nivola) to meet his family for the first time. Davidtz has also guest-starred on the hit ABC drama series Grey`s Anatomy as Dr. Derek Shepherd`s sister Nancy in the Season 3 episode "Let the Angels Commit". In 2008, she had a regular role on HBO`s In Treatment as Amy, part of a fractious couple alongside Josh Charles`s Jake. She portrayed the unfaithful and unfortunate wife of Anthony Hopkins in the 2007 drama Fracture.
Davidtz married entertainment attorney Jason Sloane on June 22, 2002. They have two children, Charlotte Emily (born 2002) and Asher Dylan (2005). Previously, she had relationships with Harvey Keitel and Ben Chaplin.
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Embeth Jean Davidtz (born August 11, 1965) is an American-born actress. She spent much of her early life in South Africa.
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