PORAT, ORNA (1924– ), Israeli actress. Born in Germany of non-Jewish parents, Orna Porat was an established actress when she decided to settle in Israel. After learning Hebrew, she joined the *Cameri Theater and became a leading player. Among her important parts were Shaw's Saint Joan, Schiller's Mary Stuart, and the leading role in The Good Soul of Sechuan by Brecht. She also participated in the management of the Cameri, and was head of the company's children's theater. She was awarded the Israel Prize in the arts (theater) in 1979.