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
 

Fannie Vadya Epstein

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E. was born in 1868 in Warsaw, Poland. Her father was a tailor. In her youth she arrived with her family in London (England), and here in 1885-86 she joined the Smit's Theatre on Princes Street as a chorus singer, where also at the same time she was a chorus singer for the future actresses Jennie Kaiser, Anna Held and Dina Stetin [Feinman], who also had performed in episodic roles.

According to Sara Nadolsky, E. also was for two years in the chorus of Yiddish theatre under the direction of Avraham Goldfaden and then she portrayed "Di am" in his operetta "Shulamis". About E.'s private life there were related fantastical episodes: This means that a white slave trader brought her from Paris to Bombay (India), and from here she was brought back to London by the English governor Vadya, who may even have married her in the Docks Place shul. Later she opened a business for ladies' clothing, and then Sigmund Feinman returned to the stage, [and] she went with him to perform Yiddish theatre in South America and then in 1909 to Buenos Aires.

According to Jennie Kaiser, E. became very familiar with Maharaja Vadya on a ship going to Argentina, and according to Lazar Freed she had received from a "duke" a rent of 3000 pounds, and the money solely shared among friends and acquaintances.

P. Wald portrays the former farheltnishn with Yiddish theatre in Buenos Aires in association with E.'s acting: "Fannie Epstein played "Miriam", who.... more to translate....."
 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1591.
 

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