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
 

Mamie Morgenbesser


M. was born on 23 February 1888 in Lemberg, Galicia. Her father was the manager of a fruit business.

She completed a folkshul and learned in a girl's seminary. She sang in Polish in the temple choir together with Frieda Ziebel and Regina Zuckerberg. Afterwards she entered into Gimpel's chorus, where she spent around a year playing in small roles.

At the age of seventeen she came with her sister Bessie to America, where she performed in Brownsville in vaudeville with the Scheider brothers, and from time to time she also was involved in the legitimate theatre. After ten years in New York she played in St. Louis, then came back to New York (for seasons in the Liberty, Lyric and Hopkinson Theatres), and later she toured across the American province with Boris Thomashefsky and Sara Adler.

Since 1926, due to her illness, she retired from the stage.

M.'s first husband, Aaron Morgenbesser, and her second husband, Louis Coopersmith, were Yiddish actors; M.'s sister is the Yiddish actress Yetta Zwerling.
 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1246.
 

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