Born on 26 February 1858 in Bucharest, Romania. Father
-- a furniture manufacturer. She learned in a school and
studied in a conservatory. On Sundays she sang in a
cloister chorus. Mogulesko heard her sing and
recommended her to Goldfaden, who soon took her into his
troupe, where she debuted in the vaudeville "Fir por
portseleyene teler", "Di shvebelekh" et al. From
Bucharest she went to act in Iasi and then to Russia.
According to Bina
Abramovich, Sh. had in 1881 acted with Naftali Goldfaden
in Sorocco (Bessarabia) as "Shmenderik's wife"). She may
then have already been thirty-five years old, and she
may not have been born in 1858, but around 1846.
Sh. was a relative of
Goldfaden, being married to Avraham Goldfaden's
brother-in-law, Michel-Adolf Werbel ["Lexicon of the
Yiddish Theatre", pp. 731-732], and toured with
Goldfaden's troupe across Russia. She remained then for
a long time in Odessa, where she didn't act.
In 1888 she arrived in
America, where she acted across the province
(Philadelphia, in the "Academy" Theatre, in Pittsburgh),
and in New York, then she traveled to Bucharest, where
she acted for a year in Finkelstein's troupe with
Segalesko and her sister Aneta Schwartz, later again in
Odessa, where she didn't act, and in Bulgaria, where she
Returning to Odessa, she
acted for several years with Sabsey, then with Fishzon
in mother roles until 1912, when she returned to
America, where she no longer acted.
On 13 February 1914 Sh.
passed away in Philadelphia and was brought to her
eternal rest at the Har Nebo Cemetery.
M. E. from her
son, Dr. Jan M. Werbel, and from Bina Abramovich.
B. Gorin - "History of
Yiddish Theatre", New York, 1923, Vol. I, pp. 199,