G. was born on 21 February
1894 in Minsk, White Russia.
Her father was a hat maker.
She was educated in Warsaw, whereto her family had
moved. Here G. learned in a pro-gymnasium.
G.'s parents, themselves
musicians, used to strive that their daughter, who had a
beautiful voice, may become a singer, attending with her
parents the Polish opera, and G. imitated the singers,
and her father got her to study with a music teacher. Then G. became taken into Shlossberg's
chorus for Kompaneyets' troupe. Here G. spent several
seasons in the chorus, and for a time took on small roles and then
switched over to prima donna roles in Alder-Sierotsky's
Lodz Skala Theatre, where she performed for the first
time in a range of European operettas.
In 1920 B. became engaged to
Thomashefsky in New York, where she performed in
"Dos ungarishe meydl" ["Di chardashfirshtin" from
Kalman]. Here she acted for two seasons, then for a half
season with direction in the Liberty Theatre, then
one-and-a-half seasons in the National with Louie
Goldberg, two seasons with Michalesko in the Liberty
Theatre with Rolland, then again with Louis Goldberg in
the Liberty and in the Public Theatre, and in 1929-32 in
Gabel's Public Theatre, where she acted under the name
of Zina Goldberg.
G. is the wife of theatre
manager Louis Goldberg.