An Israeli actress, film star, theater actress and author. She began her career at the age of 17 and has played leading roles in many plays, among them "Anne Frank", "Jeanne d'Arc", "The Crucible", "Three Sisters", "The Bride and the Butterfly Hunt", "They Were All My Children" and "Medea". She has appeared in over 40 films including Steven Spielberg's "Munich".
Almagor wrote two autobiographical books: "Summer of Aviya" and "Under the Domim Tree". Both books were made into films, with Almagor playing her own mother. Almagor founded the "Gila Almagor Wish Fund", a charity for sick children.
She received many awards, including 10 Kinor David awards for her work in film and theater, a Life Achievement Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival in 1996, a Life Achievement Award from the Israeli Academy of Cinema in 1997, and the Silver Bear award for best actress in Summer of Aviya at the Berlin Film Festival. In 1990, she was chosen Actress of the Decade by Yediot Ahronoth and the Israel Film Institute. In 2004, she was awarded the Israel Prize, for cinema. In 2005, she received a Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadorship. In 2007, she was awarded the Liberitas Film Festival Prize for Lifetime Achievement (Croatia). In 2009, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Tel Aviv University awarded her an honorary doctorate.