L. was born on 4 July 1906
in Vilna, Polish Lithuania. Her father is a chorus
singer in the Yiddish theatre. Her mother's parents and
grandparents -- cantors. In 1908 L. came with her
parents to America.
Here she attended the public
and high schools.
She learned piano with
Sholom Secunda and Mara Silva, [orgl?] with Alex
Richardson, and singing with Cesar Stureny.
Through the initiative of
Samuel Goldenburg and Hymie Jacobson, L. performed in
1924 in Philadelphia's Garden Theatre in the title role
of L. Freiman's operetta "Di goldene kale", and she
remained there to act for a season in the theatre.
From 1925-28 she was a prima
donna in Kessler's Second Avenue Theatre (with Molly
Picon), 1928-29 -- in the Rolland Theatre, 1929-30 again
in Kessler's Second Avenue Theatre, 1930-31 -- in the
National Theatre (with Lebedeff and Blank), 1931-32 in
the Rolland Theatre, and 1932-33 -- again in the Second
Avenue Theatre (with Lebedeff and Blank).
L. participated in the
motion picture "Ed mti (Eternal Prayer)" (Director -- Sidney Goldin), and
"Zayn vayb's lyubovnik (His Wife's Lover)" by Sheyne Rokhl Semkoff (with