Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
She came to the United States at the age of eight-and-a-half. Here she completed public and high school.
Since she had a voice, she joined vaudeville and acted for nine months at Kopelman’s Vaudeville Theatre.
In 1915 she saw [David] Kessler act and decided to join the legitimate theatre. She later switched to Thomashefsky’s theatre, and later became one of the first members of the Yiddish Art Theatre, where she remained except for short breaks, until 1928. From 1928-9 she played at the Arch Street Theatre in Philadelphia, and from 1929-30 she returned to the Yiddish Art Theatre.
Gerstin married Ben Finkel, a mathematics professor and son of Moshe and Annette Finkel, pioneers of the Yiddish theatre.
Specialty – dramatic actress.
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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 503.
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