Born circa 1865 in Warsaw,
Poland. Together with her parents she came to Paris at
an early age, where her mother worked in a market stall,
selling. H. learned in school, and at the same time she helped
earn an income by selling flowers on the street.
In 1885, after the death of
her father, she came with her mother and the other
children to London, and possessing a beautiful voice,
she entered into Smith's Theatre. H.'s appeal and
graceful figure drew her to the attention of Adler, who
attended a performance of "Shulamis" in which she debuted,
afterwards attended one with Max Rosenthal, she in the
role of "Dinah" in "Bar Kokhba".
After acting for a short
time on the Yiddish stage in London, H. went over to
French vaudeville, then to English in London and to
German in Berlin.
Everywhere H. made a grand
impression and was one of the most popular artists in
her genre, until in 1896 when she became engaged by
Ziegfeld in New York for his "Ziegfeld's Follies". Also
here, H. had a great success.
In February 1918 H. suddenly
became ill, and on 12 August 1918 she passed away in New
York. She came to her eternal rest in the Christian
M. E. from Max
Rosenthal, Dinah Feinman, M. D. Vaksman, Leon Nadolsky,
Israel Tabachnikoff, Sarah Nadolsky and Yitzhak Perkof.
B. Gorin -- "History
of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. II, pp. 47, 150, 151.
[Anonymous] -- Anna
Held, -- "Forward", 28 May 1918.
Y. Maslin -- A idishe
tokhter vos iz berimt gevoren oyf der goy'isher bine,
"Di varhayt", 1 June 1918.
Mary Diamond -- Anna
Held als aktrise un mensh, "Di varhayt", 14 August
Ester Baltik -- Der
kristlikher toyt fun a idishe tokhter, "Di varhayt",
16 August 1918.
Dr. Sh. M. Melamed --
Anna held, "Di varhayt", 28 September 1918.
Jacob P. Adler -- "Meyn
leben", "Di neye varhayt", 26 April, 9 May 1925.
Zalmen Zylbercweig --
Lebn ful freyd un der tragisher toyt fun ana held, "Frimorgn",
Riga, 2 December 1928.