Born on 11 January 1894 in
Iasi, Romania. Her father was a baker. Her family moved
quickly over to Bucharest, where P. completed a primary
As an eight-year-old young
girl, she, through her uncle, the actor Motel Goldring,
became excited about the local Yiddish theatre
("Zhignitsa", direction by Itsikl Goldenberg), and acted
in children's roles until age fifteen, then until
eighteen in roles for adolescents.
In 1912 she was through
Joseph Kessler engaged for London, to act with him for
two seasons, and then she went over to the Pavilion
Theatre (where she Morris Moshkovitsh had acted), until
she became in 1920 engaged to Maurice Schwartz for his
Irving Place Theatre. She arrived in America in
mid-season, and she acted meanwhile in Philadelphia's
"American Theatre" (director Maurice Schwartz), became a
member in the Yiddish Actors Union and acted for two
seasons across the province, then in the "Liberty",
"Lenox", "Hopkinson", "McKinley Square", "Irving Place"
(with Berta Kalich).
In 1929 she became engaged
as a chief dramatist in Littman's "People's Theatre" in
Detroit, then she acted for five years in the "Project
Theatre" ("W. P. A."), which the American government had
founded for artists in the time of crisis. Here she
performed (in the role of "Etele") in Boris
Thomashefsky's production of Gordin's "Der Yidisher
kenig lir" in Yiddish and English, in Thomashefsky's
production of "Uptown and Downtown", and in Yehuda
Bleich's production of Sinclair Lewis' dramatized novel
"Do kon es nit geshen (It Can't Happen Here)".