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Bat-Sheva Ofra Haza-Ashkenazi was born on November 19th, 1957 in Tel Aviv, Israel to Yemeni-Jewish parents. Growing up, Ofra was a gifted singer who began her career at only 12 years old under the management of Bezalel Aloni. This eventually led her to become one of Israel's most beloved stars. Even having the nickname, "Madonna of the East/Dark Soul" due to their similar vocals. But while her American counterpart would have raunchy and controversial moments, the religious Ofra would be more conservative in comparison. However, she would not be afraid to get a little risqué with the songs, "Frecha" and "Mami" being prime examples. While preforming her own songs, Haza would often collab with various singers along with acting in several movies, including The Prince of Egypt where she played Moses' biological mother, Yocheved.Prior to her death, Ofra married Doron Ashkenazi to the dismay of Aloni. The pair would both die by 2001 with Ofra dying due to AIDS in 2000 and Doron dying of a drug-overdose a year later. How exactly Haza contracted AIDS in the first place is still up for debate.

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  • Affectionate Nickname: Her parents named her "Bat-Sheva" but her sisters hated that and started calling her "Ofra".
  • Badass Israeli: Can qualify as this due to serving in the military for a time.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Basically how Ofra's parents got together.
  • Friend to All Children: She LOVED children with all her heart and wanted desperately to become a mother. This leads to a Tear Jerker as she would die childless.
  • Give Me a Sign: Her songs, "Give Me A Sign" and "Show Me".
  • The Ingenue: Ofra really was this. Kind, humble and very religious in her beliefs.
  • Living a Double Life: Avi Shilon described Haza's life as this: "On one hand, she was a star who spoke several languages and hobnobbed with the rich and famous; on the other, whenever she returned to her old neighborhood, she would become submissive, tacitly agreeing to serve as a target for insults and not daring to stand up to the Yemenite community's traditional codes, which her family tried to impose upon her".
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  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Ofra was the youngest of nine children.
  • One-Woman Wail: A gorgeous example of this trope."Galbi","Kashmir" and "Latet" are among the many proofs of this.
  • Ragsto Riches: As said by Israel's prime minister, Ehud Barak, "Ofra emerged from the Hatikvah slums to reach the peak of Israeli culture. She has left a mark on us all."
  • Sampled Up: Her songs would be sampled by other artist from Snoop Dogg to The Sisters of Mercy.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Ofra was looking for a "Prince Charming on a white horse" before marrying Doron.
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