MISS ISRAEL 1960:
A girl called Gila Golan
From the moment that a very sophisticated Miss Israel got off the plane that took her to the Miss World in 1960, Gila Golan delighted the photographers who made her a favorite for the crown.

But behind that bright smile, there was a very different past from the glamorous world of beauty that now surrounded her, a story that began in 1940, at the time of the Holocaust in Poland...
Her earliest memories went back to a street of Poland, where she remembered herself crying, hungry and cold.
She was then a three year old girl when was rescued from the ruins of a bombed house. It was the beginning of a new life.
Gila was transferred to a Catholic home of the Zavatski family, and from there to a school in the south of France, by a member of the Organization of Jewish orphans, where, along with 400 other children, she learned Yiddisch and Hebrew.
"One day a big boat took me to Israel -Gila used to say- and there I was baptized Mara, a name that later I changed for Myriam Goldenburg".
When she was old enough, she worked on a kibbutz.
Although she originally wanted to be a teacher, Gila, abandoned the idea and as by then no one had adopted her, she decided to go out and earn her living by herself.
By then, the shy girl had become a beautiful woman, whose black hair brought out her expressive eyes and soft features. It was then that in 1960 fate knocked on her door when a Hollywood photographer, who was passing through Tel Aviv, photographed her for a women's magazine and as a result of that photo shoot, the Director of the publication suggested that she participate in the Miss Israel beauty contest, and won first place.
By then she has changed her name again. This time to Gila Gola.
She travelled to London to compete in the Miss World contest where he was second, behind Argentina's Norma Cappagli.
After the competition, the Government of Israel sent her as a model to raise funds in New York, where she took English and acting lessons and ended up staying to live there. Three years later she took U.S. citizenship. And as expected, her beauty was not ignored: in 1965 she began a film career as Elsa in the film "Ship of Fools."
By then, the Hollywood publicity machine has made the most of her innocent but sexy beauty as well as her origins as a child without a past or a date of birth.

HER ACTING CAREER
1984: "L'allenatore nel pallone"
1969: "The Valley of Gwangi"
1968: "Lo scatenato"
1966: "I Dream of Jeannie"
1966: "Three on a Couch"
1966: "Our Man Flint"
1965: "Ship of Fools"
1965: "Kraft Suspense

1969: "The Valley of Gwangi"
 
GINA GOLAN IN MISS WORLD 1960
GILA GOLAN ON FILMS
 
THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS HIGHLIGHTS HER STORY
 
 
 
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