L. was born in 1889 in
Odessa, Ukraine. Her father was a master tailor. L.'s
brothers had sung in the synagogue chorus with Cantor Bakhman and used to arrange for each Shabbat "children's
productions", in which L. also participated.
In 1905 through the
initiative of her friends, the former chorus singer and
the actress-to-be Nadya Dranov, she went away to Lodz as
a chorus girl for Kaminski and from there migrated as a
chorus singer to other troupes, performing from time to
time as a prima donna.
In 1910 she entered into the
Lodz "United Troupe" (Miriam Triling, M. Kh. Titelman, Fela
Lantsman, Malvina Serotska, Leyzer Zhelazo et al.), and
as "Feygele" in Thomashefsky's "Di yidishe neshama (The
Jewish Soul)" and "Khanele" in Schorr's "A mentsh zol
In 1911 she married actor
Shlomo Hershkovitz and followed the same path (as her
husband), switching early on from prima donna to
soubrette roles and afterwards to "old comic" roles.
During the outbreak of the
Second World War she was captured in Lodz. On 11 May
1940, when the Nazis created the Lodz Ghetto, she was
there, among the professional Yiddish theatre people. L.
was found with her husband, who had participated in the
Yiddish theatre productions, that were arranged in the
ghetto, as well as their daughter and son.