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
 

Anna Briya
 

 

She was born on 15 February 1873 in Sokal, by Lemberg, eastern Galicia. Her father owned a canteen (restaurant in a barracks).

In 1901 she was taken into Gimpel's chorus, and afterwards she received small roles.

Thanks to her voice and especially her abilities, she soon occupied a proper place in the theatre, and in 1892 she had success as "Shulamis" in Warsaw's El Dorado Theatre.

B. later married Adolph Meltzer, and they acted together yearlong in various troupes in Galicia, Bukovina, Romania and eastern Europe. B. already went around as Anna Seltzer and acted the first role in operetta and in drama, starring in chief roles in Lemberg's Yiddish theatre.

On 20 September 1917 B. passed away in Bad Krinitsa, western Galicia.

B.'s sister is the actress Rosa Shilling.


M. E. from Peter Graff and Julius Gutman.
Sh. E. from Leon Herbst.

  • B. Gorin -- "History of the Yiddish Theatre", Vol. II, p. 147.

  • Ester Rukhl Kaminska --  (Memoirs) "Moment", 29 September, 8 October 1926.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 243.
 

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