L. was born in 1898 in Lodz,
Poland, to well-to-do parents. he received a Yiddish
and secular education.
As a seven-year-old cheder
youth, he sang with a cantor as an "alto." As a
twelve-year-old he was seen in Lodz in Zandberg's
theatre in "Bar Kochba." He bought the play and at Purim
he put it on, acting alone in the role of "Bar Kochba."
In 1916 he went away to
Germany and Berlin, and in a local Yiddish troupe he began
to act in youthful lover roles.
In 1926 he returned to
Poland, where he performed in "Der yeshiva bukher," "Di rumenishe khasene" et al.
In 1927 he acted in
Argentina and here L. had the opportunity to act in the
role of "Iago" with the guest-starring Julius Adler in
In October 1928 he came to
America, and on 16 October 1928 he debuted in New York's
National Theatre in I. Rosenberg's "Der griner
L. soon became popular as a singer and in a contest
about popular singers on the Yiddish stage, the "Tog"
newspaper awarded him a medal, he had, ten days after
his coming to America, there came the greatest number of