Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Fannie Vadya Epstein
more to translate...
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....."
Sh. E. from
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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