M. was born circa 1886 in
Dessau, Anhalt, Germany, into a Christian family. Her
father was a German actor, who learned in school in
Berlin and Vienna. Already at the age of fourteen she
participated in student theatre in Berlin, then in the
Lessing Theatre (Berlin), guest-starring in Germany,
Austria and Holland and with a German trope across
America and at the end in the German Irving Place
Theatre in New York.
During the disintegration of
the German theatre, M. had, with the actor M. B.
Samuilov, learned Yiddish and entered into Schwartz's
Yiddish Art Theatre, debuting on 4 June 1920 in the
Garden Theatre as "Debeka vest" in Ibsen's "Rosmersholm",
and she also remained (not stable), then about a season
with Weintraub in Brooklyn's Lyric Theatre and the went
over to the 14th Street Theatre (with Thomashefsky),
performing in the play "Hatikvah" by Shomer, and as "Pesenyu"
in Gordin's "God, Man and Devil".
In 1921 M. was taken in as a
member of the Yiddish Actors Union, and she had for a
short time acted in the Metropolitan Theatre in
Philadelphia (with Joseph Kessler).
Later she guest-starred
across the Yiddish theatres of the American province,
and not having several years of a stable engagements,
she opened a German cabaret, later a restaurant. In
1931-32 she returned to the stage and participated in
the English offering of David Belasco's "Tuneyd or
never", and later in the motion picture "Grand Hotel" by