In the evenings she continued
to sing in the chorus for one season playing incidental
roles. She then performed in the “Cabaret Symphony.” She was
brought back to Yiddish theatre by Hymie Jacobson, who heard
her sing and rehearsed with her, preparing for them to sing
together in “Gypsy Duet”. She soon appeared in a more
prominent role in Rumshinsky’s ”Get Married.” She traveled
around appearing with Aaron Lebedeff and Hymie Jacobson in
the Lawndale Theatre (Chicago), having equal billing with
them. In 1930-31 she played in Philadelphia’s “Arch Street
Theatre” (with Hymie Jacobson and Simon Wolff.) On 3
February 1931 she joined the Hebrew Actor’s Union and
traveled as guest performer to Boston. In the summer of 1931
she was guest performer in Argentina with Hymie Jacobson
(whom she married in 1933). She traveled with him as a guest
performer throughout Europe (Belgium, England, France,
Lithuania, Latvia and Poland). While she was in Warsaw she
divided her time between appearing on stage in “Esther” and
in the film “The Purimshpilers.” She returned to
America and played in the Williamsburg Cooperative Lyric
Theatre. Afterwards she played in various other theatres
until 1938, when she traveled once again with Hymie Jacobson
to Poland. She then returned to America.... To read more
about Miriam's life, please visit
her biography in
Zylbercweig's "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre."
Here you can listen to Miriam and Seymour Rechtzeit sing
their famous "Vus geven iz geven."
Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York Theatre Collection.
Adapted from the translation of Miriam's bio in Zylbercweig's "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre," Vol. 3, p.2371.
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