G. was born in
Yekaterinoslav, Ukraine. Her father was a cantor. She
learned in the Marinsker gymnasium, and as a child she
made a great impression with her beautiful voice. The
Russian opera singer Kitain learned she [umzist] music,
and got her the opportunity to perform in serious music
in his student concerts. At the age of fifteen G. went
into the Ukrainian opera theatre of Saksagansky and
Kropivnitsky and soon became popular as a prima donna
under the name of Maria Gurenko, also performing in
"Shulamit". Several years later, when Spivakovski's
Yiddish troupe and Krause performed in Yekaterinoslav,
she moved the conductor Sandler to [have her] perform in
Yiddish theatre, where she acted in "Shabbat kodesh".
After acting for several years in operettas, she went
over to the Warsaw United Troupe, where she performed in
January 1910 as "Ranya di patshtarka" in Gordin's "Di
shbueh", which then was acted for the first time in
Europe, under the direction of I. L. Peretz. After a
tour across Russia in dramas and operetta repertoire, G.
acted for three months in Constantinople, then in
Rumania, and in 1912 she traveled to America, where she
aced for one season, and she became engaged by Esther
Ruchel Kaminska for Warsaw. There she became through the
guest-starring Malvina Lobel engaged back to New
York. In America G. had he opportunity to act with
Adler, Moshkovitsh and Schwartz, and she went on tour
with Kessler across America with the plays "Style" and "Gekkoyft
After her marriage to
sculptor Boris Bley, G. acted only from time to time.
M. E. from
Shlomo Krause and H. Feinstein.
Noah Prllutski -- "Yidish
teater", Bialystok, 1921, I, p. 139.