R. was born on 11 December
1892 in Kalinovka, Kamenets Podolsk Gubernia.
Her father was an owner of a
box factory, was pious, while at the same time the "staroste"
of the village.
She became an orphan when
she was four years of age, and at the age of
five-and-a-half came with her mother and sister to
America, and they settled in Philadelphia. Here she
finished public school and learned at the Yiddish home
with a rabbi.
Already in the folkshul, she
manifested a singing ability, and in the higher class
often had the opportunity to show her voice....she was
recommended as a chorus singer to Thomashefsky, with
whom she was with for only one season. Afterwards she
went over to local vaudeville, where she was for about
four years. From there she went over to the Yiddish
vaudeville house in New York, where she acted for an
entire year and also from time to time was in legitimate
theatre, participating in productions across the
province with Boris Thomashefsky and Rudolph
R. had for six years
continued to act at the Grand Theatre, during the
1921-1922 season in Toronto (Dir. Littman), 1924-25 at
the Mount Morris Vaudeville House, from 1925-27 in
vaudeville at the Prospect Theatre. In 1927-28 she was
in Toronto and later in other cities.