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
 

Vera Lebedeff
(Rivka Shekhtman)
 

 

L. was born in November 1899 in Nikolayev, Kherson Gubernia, Ukraine. Her father was the manager of a beer factory. She completed a professional school. She acted in Russian with "amateurs". In 1915 she became acquainted with (Aaron) Lebedeff during his performance in Nikolayev and married him. He taught her Yiddish.

In 1916 she performed in Harbin in the role of "Milka" in Gordin's "Der meturef" and continued to act in the troupe, with whom she also acted in Shanghai. Here she also acted in Russian with the dramatic troupe of Michail Hermalensky, and when Lebedeff left China on the way to America, she stayed there to act in Russian in a Russian club.

In 1920 she came to America, but first in 1925 she performed in Schildkraut's  theatre in Dymov's "Bronx Express" and "Di letste gelibte" and in Asch's "God of Vengeance", and then she traveled with Schildkraut across the province, and for a certain time L. acted with the Vilna Troupe in new York, then in the Liberty Theatre with Anshel Schorr, and in 1927-28 in Toronto.

In 1931-32 L. acted under the name of Vera Lubov in the National Theatre, and in 1932-33 she was at the Second Avenue Theatre.
 

M. E.

  • Jacob Kirschenbaum -- "Naye pnim'er oyf unzer bihne, "Morning Journal", N. Y., 4 April 1928.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1135.
 

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