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
 

Ester Sher-Grin
 

S. was born on 25 May 1895 in New York, to pious parents who also maintained a restaurant on East Broadway.

Sh. in her youth came into contact with the Yiddish actors and singers, and in her early youth began to perform in the variety theatres and music halls.

Later she acted in legitimate theatre with whom she toured with across the cities and towns of the United States and Canada. During these journeys Sh. had the opportunity to act with Sara Adler, Bessie Thomashefsky, Regina Prager and Jacob Ben-Ami.

During the period of 1935-39, she acted with the Federal Theatre Project.

During the last ten years of her life, she was beset by a difficult sickness and on 12 March 1953 passed away in New York.

The actor Moshe Tarlovski characterized her as such:

"Sh. was a one of our very talented actresses, and although she was born in America, she spoke a good Yiddish. She also acted and wrote in mameloshn (mother tongue)... for Ester a small scene was enough, and the theatre audience soon noticed her.

 

Sh. never reached the top of the Yiddish theatre; guilty in her modesty.

...Sh. never was in Europe, but when she came to act as the 'haimishe' type, she had in her a talent and an intelligence and an inborn sense for a role. Her 'Pesenyu' in 'God, Man and Devil' was one of her great flowers in a wreath[?] of haimishe roles".


Moshe Tarlovski -- Ester Sher-Grin, "Day Morning Journal", N. Y., 10th June 1954.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2129.
 

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