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
 

Pauline Edelstein
(Finkelstein)
 

 

Born in Iasi, Romania. Father -- a cutter. She learned in a primary school through her sister Amalia, who had married actor Sigmund Mogulesko, who came into contact with the Yiddish theatre and entered into the chorus of Mogulesko-Goldfaden's troupes in Romania and Russia. Later she came here also to act in episodic roles.

1886 -- came with her husband, Joseph Edelstein, to America, where she acted in various Yiddish troupes, most of the time under the management of her husband.

Still in Russia, acting in prima donna roles, E. there performed as "Genendl" in Shomer's "Der katorzhnik", and as "Tamar" in Lateiner's "Di libe fun tsion".

In America E. acted in character roles and was the first to act [in the role of] "Mishka" in Lateiner's operetta "Miskha and Moshka", and in Jacob Gordin's plays, such as "Froy rozenkrants" in "Siberia" (13 November 1891 in the Union Theatre), "Zelda" in "Der vilder mentsh" (4 November 1893 in the Windsor Theatre), "Madam Zhamanuli" in "Devorahle myukhst" (1893), and "Freyde henye" in "Dovidl mshurr" (1899).

1901-- guest-starred together with Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky in Berlin in Lateiner's "Dovids fidele", and since then, due to illness, withdrew from the stage.

 E.'s sister Amalia (Mogulesko) and Ernestine (Esther Finkelstein) had for a short time acted on the Yiddish stage; her son, Isidore, is married to Annie Thomashefsky, sister of Boris.


M. E.

  • B. Gorin -- "History of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. I, pp. 199, 237.

  • M. Osherowitz -- Der rihrendster kapitel ins leben fun der akterise bina abramovitsh, "Forward", N. Y., 7 December 1930.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1550.
 

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