Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
B. was born in New York,
America. Her father was a peddler. As a child of nine
years old, she entered into a shop, where she tsit
In her early youth B. used
to attend the Yiddish theatre, "imitating" especially
Dora Weissman, easily incorporating the popular theatre
songs that she used to sing. Later she began to
perform for three dollars a week in Yiddish vaudeville
in Victoria Music Hall on Cannon Street, where she had
In 1908 Adler had an
opportunity to hear her and he soon hired her for his
Grand Theatre for the role of "Yingel" in Gordin's "On a
heym (Homeless/Without a Home.)" After acting for
several years on the Yiddish stage, B. went over to
English vaudeville, where she later became a "star," and
in 1929 she performed in the lead role in the "talkie" "
"Dos gezang fun libe (The Song of Love)."
Kh. Yaffa? -- From the
Yiddish Theatre to the English Vaudeville Stage -- Now a
Talkie Star, "Der tog," N. Y., 15 November 1929.
Sidney Gordon -- Belle
Baker's First "Talkie" For the First Time in New York,
"Forward,",13 November 1929.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 188.
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