Born in 1882 in Vilna,
Polish Lithuania, where she completed the Marinskaya
gymnasium and entered into a Russian itinerant troupe
with whom she acted for several years until the outbreak
of the World War, when the theatres had to cease
performing. Then L. returned to Vilna and joined "Fad'a"
(later known as the "Vilna Troupe"), which was just
founded, and soon she became one of their devoted
Due to her poor Jewish
expression, she was for the first time given only
small episodic roles, but with the betterment of her
expression, she soon went over to larger roles.
L. -- according to L.
Kadison -- was the "fanatic" of the troupe: ten years of
umdermidlekhe work, L. submitted to the theatre
so she may join the itinerant life of the troupe,
leaving her family life and going on tour across
Lithuania, Poland and Romania, and wandering across
Transylvania, she became sick. The troupe, which had to
keep on performing, left the sick, accompanied by Luba
Kadison, in the town of Arad (Transylvania), where she
passed away on 24 July 1926. "The Vilna Troupe" erected
a gravestone there for her.
L.'s best roles were: "Freyde" in Anski's "Chiene" in
Hirshbein's "Di puste kretshme", "Frume" in Korin's "Der
dorfsiung", "Knertsye" in Heyermans' "Farloyrene hafnung",
"Ester" in Gutzkov's "Uriel Acosta", "di mume" in
Pinski's "Yenkel der shmid", "Di hiner-farkoyferin" in
Dymov's "The Singer of his Sorrows", and "Nastya" in
About that role, L. once
declared to a reporter of the Vilna "Tog": "I have love
for the role of "Nastya", because the hero is a cleansed
soul. She also always has the passion for such roles and
I can say, that what once was this passion, was for me
The critic of the Warsaw "Heynt"
writes about L.: "The figure that Lares has created were
as oysgehemert. Her "Yiddish mothers" in "Dybbuk"
and in Hirshbein's pieces have a special grace. Her
mothers were filled with eloquent beauty. She did not
have flash on the stage; however, she always was one of
the pillars. This theatre was on her geshtitst.
It has almost not been the case, that she may
farfklahn a role. The stage was her life. Thanks to
her intelligence and routine, she in all her roles
created something that was faithful and honest."
M. E. from L.
[--] -- Geshtorben di
aktrise fun der vilner trupe, "Neyer heynt", Warsaw,
26 July 1926.
Avraham Morevsky --
Lares -- in shotn fun fargengenheyt, "Vilner tog",
30 July 1926.
(necrology), "Arbeter-tseytung", Czernowitz, 30 July
Ktgur -- Der toyt fun
yehuda [yehudis] lares, "Vilner tog", 8 August 1926.
David Licht -- Beym
kbr fun yehudis lares, "Literarishe bleter", Warsaw,
Yakov Steinberg --
Yehudis lares, "Literarishe bleter", Warsaw, 32,