Rachel Weisz's father (a Jewish Hungarian inventor) and mother (an Austrian psychoanalyst) were both refugees
from Fascist dictatorships. Weisz was born in London; she modeled as a teenager and went on to study literature at Cambridge.
She won a Critics' Circle Best Newcomer award for her appearance in Noel Coward's "Design For Living" on the West End.
(The West End is the London equivalent of Broadway.) Since 1996 she's found steady film work, including "The Mummy"
(1999), "Enemy at the Gates" (2001), and "About a Boy" (2002).