F. was born in 18.. in
Her father was a worker
in a shawl factory, immigrating to Alsace [lotringen],
where F. was educated, and there she completed a school.
In 1898 F. went to America, where she in 1902 through
actor Charles Cohen was entered onto the stage of a
Yiddish vaudeville house. In just a short amount of
time, thanks to her exceptional temperament, she became one of the
popular Yiddish soubrettes.
From vaudeville F. crossed
over to the legitimate theatre and acted in Adler's "Grand Street Theatre." In the first production of Leon Kobrin's "Yankel Boyle" in 1913. She acted in the role
of "Kheyke", and the critic "Israel the Yankee" [I. I.
Freedman] wrote the following about her:
"Ida Fein plays an important
fool ("Shmendrik"), soon with the same talent with which
Mogulesko acted the menlekhn fool, but if she plays Kheyke is another question. It is a certain fool, but
not Kheyke. The audience was so amused to see her act
that they couldn't make out whether she was playing."
From soubrette roles F.
later crossed over to mother roles, but she became ill,
and on 3 Mar 1918* F. died almost on the stage of the
"Circle Theatre" in Detroit. F. came to her eternal rest
in New York, where a gravestone was erected for her on 6