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
 

Leon Gelis


G. was born in 1857 in Bershan, Russia.

His father was a cantor.

Until his marriage, G. learned in a yeshiva, then he became a businessman, and he also participated in amateur productions.

In 1887 he began to act professionally.

G. had for many years acted in the following troupes: Shomer in Russia; Kaminska in Poland; Gimpel in Galicia; and later most of the time he was a director in Paris and London.

G. used to act together with his wife Polia and their two daughters.

G. also may have written a play.

In 1925 G. passed away in Paris with his sons, wholesale fur merchants.
 

Sh. E. from Regina Viner-Lakhtiger.

  • B. Gorin -- History of Yiddish Theatre, Vol. I, p. 234.

  • M. Myodavnik -- "Meyne teater-zikhroynes", "Der shtern", Minsk, 1, 1926.

  • David Kessler -- Fun berta biz rostov, "Der tog", N. Y., 28 January 1917.

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 497.
 

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