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
 

Bessie Jacobson
(Beyla Shur)
 

 

J. was born on 11 August 1870 in Otik, Bessarabia.

She is descended from  the author of "Tbyeut shur" from Galicia.

Her father is a lessee (of an estate).

She finished the city school, learned for two years in a gymnasium, and Hebrew with a teacher. At the age of nineteen she came to America, and for two years she worked in a factory.

After her marriage to Joseph Jacobson she became an actress and traveled across the province, then spent a short time singing in the chorus for Adler in Chicago, then there she began to act and later she had the opportunity to act with Thomashefsky, Morrison, Kessler, Lipzin, Kaminska and Shneuer. For a certain time she also traveled across America with several troupes.

Since 1918 she has withdrawn from the stage, but in 1923 she participated in the [mass scenes=masn-stsenen] in Belasco's English "Shylock" production.

Her children: Hymie, Irving and Henrietta -- all Yiddish actors.
 

M. and Sh. E.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 550.
 

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