Ms. Okonedo, now a budding celebrity, has been embraced here as the new face of multicultural modern Britain: her mother is white and Jewish, and her estranged father, who left the family when she was 5, is Nigerian. She grew up in the projects, inside a notoriously rowdy and dangerous council estate (as the projects here are called)....Oh well, I suppose that means that now she didn't win, she'll be coming home to a big bowl of chicken soup. And does anyone know a nice Jewish boy?
Teetering on the verge of fame, Ms. Okonedo is still at a point in her career where she is untouched by glitz. Her mother shrieked, loudly, and tried to do a cartwheel inside the gallery of a historic London house when the two heard about the nomination. A security guard shushed them, but her mother told everyone she saw on the way out. "I mean, she's a Jewish mother," Ms. Okonedo said.
Monday, February 28, 2005
Turns out that the Jewish world had not one, but two representatives vying for 'Best Supporting Actress' at the Oscars last night. In addition to Natalie Portman, it turns out that beautiful black actress Sophie Okonedo of Hotel Rwanda is also Jewish:
Posted by Miriam at 12:56 PM