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
 

Bertha Hart
(Mahler)

 

H. was born on 14 October 1887 in Chortkow, Eastern Galicia. Her father was a hairdresser.

She was raised in the vicinity of Lemberg with actor Shramek who, when she was a child, would often times take her to the theatre. H. used to sing after the songs. Shramek used to(?) for her parents, that she may be permitted to act in children's roles, and at the age of seven she acted as "Yehoash" in the operetta "Etlihu" under the direction of Yakov Ber Gimpel. In the same theatre she later performed in the chorus, soon thereafter becoming the soloist for the chorus, and she also acted in small roles. When Gimpel toured with his troupe to Vienna, H. became the soubrette. Her first role was "Agara" in "Judith and Holofernes." Later she toured in dramatic roles with Karl Zilber in Krakow, then she acted in the troupe of Zelig Schorr and his son Moshe across Galicia and Hungary.

In 1903 H. traveled to New York and here associated herself with legitimate theatre. She was forced to join the People's Music Hall on the Bowery. In 1907 she married actor Sidney Hart. They acted for several years in the province, most of the time as proprietors for the troupes. In 1919 she became a member of the union and since then has acted in New York: in Schnitzer's Art Theatre, People's Theatre, from 1922-9 under the direction of Louie Goldberg, and in 1929-30 in Satz's Folks Theatre.
 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 587.
 

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