Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
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
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
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.
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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