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
 

Amalia (Malka) Segalesko

Wife of Mordechai Segalesko, [who] may have acted only in Goldfaden's troupes and used to perform as "Bar Kochba", or in a male intrigue roles. Year round, S., together with her husband, directed a Yiddish troupe in Romania in which she also used to act.

Berta Kalich characterized her as such:

"She was over six feet tall and always wore a blue coat. She wore her hair, farkamt in a Bavarian way. A "fast" kugele below, and with a barish on the front. When she looked, she smoked or a lulke or an "empty" cigar, sometimes in an avalanche of cigarettes. Men became red from shame, when Madam Segalesko opened her mouth. Those vulgar and dirty words even were never spoken among men. She used to walk with broad steps, and because she always kept her sleeves rolled up, she created the impression that she was going to hit someone. And despite these characteristics, Madam Segalesko was a wonderful human being. She used to help out the poor people with her last groschen, and when she kindly received someone, she became faithful as a dog. She was the "policeman" of the society. Did someone getshepet to another actress or chorister, Madam Segalesko was on site and preserved the honor of the troupe. She was the peacemaker between husband and wife, and it was barely noticed that two people were in love, she brought them together and connected them. She never was a huge talent."

Her children: Chaim-Meir, Albert and Ernestine, were actors.
 

M. E. from Jacob Kalich.

  • Berta Kalich [Memoirs] -- "Tog", N. Y., 6 June 1925.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1520.
 

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