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
 

Annie Meltzer
 

 

Born on 12 April 1893 in Brest-Litovsk, Poland. Her father was a shoemaker. As a child of six she came to America and in 1903 was taken into the Metropolitan Theatre in Brownsville for a children's role, and since then had acted for several years in children's roles. She completed public school and acted in Yiddish vaudeville with Hymie Bartfeld (Adler).

Later she became engaged in Cleveland (Dir. -- David Levenson), where she acted in soubrette roles, debuting as "Khanele" in Zolotarevsky's "Der yeshiva bukher".

In the province she had the opportunity to act with the guest-starring Kessler, Morrison, Blank and Thomashefsky, who engaged her for his National Theatre, where she took an important place in the troupe. For seven seasons M. acted in New York, crossing over from soubrette roles to the dramatic, debuting in the genre as "Misha" in "Der vanderer" with Rudolf Schildkraut.

In 1927-28 M. acted in New York's Public Theatre with Blank and Satz. She also had for a short time performed in English vaudeville and performed as a dancer in several motion pictures.

In 1928 M., due to her marriage to a businessman, retired from the stage and since then has performed only at times in productions for special events.

M.'s brother, Isidore, acts on the Yiddish stage. Also her brother Julius has acted in the Yiddish theatre.


M. E.

M. E. from Moshe Zilbershteyn.

  • Sidney Gordon -- Ala eyntselheyten fun der keys vegen der idisher akterise annie meltzer, "Forward", N. Y., 20 June 1927.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1355.
 

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