Born in Tarnow, Galicia.
Father -- a merchant. Hearing the Yiddish troupe of
Gradner and Professor Horowitz, Meir Wolf Schwartz et
al, she had, as a fourteen-year old girl, possessed a
beautiful voice. After singing the songs she heard, the
actors were very pleased, especially because she
furthermore was very lovely. She was in that
environment, and especially became close to the actor
Schwartz, who she married a little later, and in 1880
went away to Czrnowitz to Spivakovski in his troupe,
where she debuted in "Di kaprizne kallah" by Goldfaden.
from there she toured around across the United States;
in 1881 in Berdichev, already with her own troupe, in
which Sam Adler and the older Shekman acted. In 1882 --
in Pinsk, then in Bobruisk, where Tabatshnikoff came the
troupe, and then they toured across Russia until 1883
when they arrived in Poland (Lublin).
In 1884 it became forbidden
in Poland to perform Yiddish theatre. S. traveled to
Galicia to her younger sister, and acted there for a
short time with Kalmen Juvelier, then across Romania and
back to Galicia. Here Avraham Goldfaden invited her to
come to act in Paris, where she acted for two years with
Max Rosenthal, Anna Held et al. From there again to
Romania and then to America.
Here she became a charter
member of the newly founded Actors Union, acting for a
certain amount of time in Cleveland with Mr. and Mrs.
Sam Kestin, Mr. and Mrs. Morgenbeser, Jacob P. Adler and
Zygmunt Weintraub, and after that her husband passed