Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
H. was born on 14 October
1887 in Chortkow, Eastern Galicia. Her father was a
She was raised in the
vicinity of Lemberg with actor Shramek who, when she was
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.
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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