K. was born on 3 May 1905 in
Suwalki, Poland. Her father was a hairdresser and also a
makeup artist in the theatre. She learned in a folkshul.
As a child she went with her father to the theatre and
was looked after when he worked, and as such at an
early age she became enamored with the stage. Early on
she participated in the amateur circles of Suwalki, and in 1922 she
entered the professional Yiddish theatre, beginning in
the troupes of "Dranov", Sandler, Lipman, Hart
(Galicia), Kadish-Khash (Lithuania) and with the actors
Streitman, Kamoy, Shapiro, Yablokoff, and Weinberg.
During the Second World War she
acted in 1940 in Brisk in a Russian dramatic theatre, and
when the war against the Soviet Union came, she worked
in the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic. After the war she
returned to Poland, and in 1945 she entered into the Yiddish
theatre in Lodz, and in 1949 went over to the Yiddish
State Theatre of Poland, going on tour with them throughout the world.
K. at first acted in
soubrette roles such as "Devorah" in "Di rumenishe
khasene (The Rumanian Wedding)", later serious roles
such as "Mirele" in "Di bobe yakhne", "Leah" in "Dybuk",
"Madam Fein" in "Dos groyse gevins (The Big Winner)",
the title role from "Di mame fun der velt (The Mother of
the World)", "Di dinst" in "Kleinbirger" by Gorky, "Freyde"
in "Amol iz geven" by Peretz.
K. also participated in the
film "Granitshna gasse."