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
 

Paulina Offerman
(Pearl)
 

 

O. was born on 7 March 1894 in Warsaw, Poland. Her parents were manufacturers of ladies and children's costumes. She learned in a cheder and in a school.

During the Shabbats she attended the Yiddish theatre and developed a desire for the stage. Possessing a beautiful voice she participated once in a chorus for "Dr. Almasado", but one [farmsrt] her to her parents, who cut her, therefore rejecting the [tsep].

When during the pogrom in Warsaw she was their [magazin tserabirt], moved the family in 1906 out to America. Here she worked in a shop of ladies' laundry, and in the evening she participated in the literary and dramatic clubs together with Yechiel Goldschmidt. From there she became a professional in vaudeville. Two years later she became through the manager Silver engaged for a season in Montreal, then single seasons in Detroit with Abramov, then with Julius Nathanson, Winnipeg with Grossman, again Denver with Julius Nathanson (being a minor partner in the theatre), three years in Chicago with Adolph Gertner, single seasons in Minneapolis, Chicago (Gertner), Minneapolis, Liberty Theatre in New York, a summer with Lillian in the Lipzin Theatre, three years in a Brooklyn theatre with Lillian, single seasons in the Grand Theatre, Hopkinson, Gabel, 2 seasons in Newark with Elving, 1927-8 in Chicago with Elias Glickman, and in 1928-9 in California.

Specialty: Dramtic and prima donna.


M. E.

B. Botvinik -- Yunge talanten oyf der idisher bihne, "Forward", New York, 18 December 1918.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 85.
 

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