Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Janet Brandt
 

 

Born in 1914 (December 13, per IMDb) in New York, America. Her parents were still in the old country, in Russia, when she participated in Yiddish "amateur" productions, and she settled in America. As a small child, B. used to be taken to their rehearsals and during the productions she used to lay down to sleep on the furniture of the plays.

B. then participated in roles for adolescents in Bronx's "Afrt Theatre" with the Goldbergs and Hollanders, and receiving a scholarship from  the "American Laboratory Theatre", she studied together with Martha Graham, Sanford Meisner, Mary Tarsey, and Laura Elias with the teacher Boleslavsky and Uspenska.

She came with her husband, the actor and regisseur Louis Brandt, to Hollywood in 1941, and there she went over to the English stage, receiving a scholarship in the "Neighborhood Playhouse", that she had completed and acted in the "Actors Laboratory Theatre" in the play "Cafe Crown", in Sheridan's "The School for Scandal" (with Mary Wilson in the "Circle Theatre"), the role of "Madam Van Daan" in "The Diary of Anne Frank" in the "Players Ring", the same role with Francis Lederer in "Sabrera Playhouse", and in Laguna, under the direction of Joseph Schildkraut.

In Los Angeles she had with her husband founded the "New Playhouse", where she acted (in English) in the main roles in Baruch Lumet's "A mesh mit a shneyderl", Peretz Hirshbein's "Grine felder", and "Suf heulm".

Outside of her acting on the stage in "Back to Methuselah (?)", "Candida", "Othello", "Di troyen froyen", "Di drey shvester" and many other plays. B. participated in thirty films, many television offerings, and she is a teacher of English language and phonetics (working together with Anthony Quinn, Raf Vallone et al).

B. was dialogue director in Spain in the film "King of Kings", "Elsio" and "Battle of the Bulge".
 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 6055.
 

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