(Khiene Reyzl Peyman)
Sh. was born in 1877 in Bobt,
Kovno Gubernia. Her father was grain merchant, a
maskhil. She learned Yiddish. At the age of twelve
she came with her mother and family to her father, who
had earlier immigrated to America. Here for a short time
she attended school, but soon she lost the desire to
learn, and through her older sister became a member in a
dramatic club. Due to the partnership of her parents to
her acting, she entered into work in a cigar factory and
in the evening "running to tryouts". She debuted as "Babele"
in "Di farblondzshete neshama". She became familiar with
professional actors and with them went away to act in
Professionally she began
with Kristol and Bergshteyn in Cleveland, where she
acted for a season, then two seasons with Glickman in
Chicago, where she was introduced to actor Sam Shneyer,
with whom she married and acted, since then together
with him, a certain time in vaudeville in New York, then
a season with Mike Thomashevsky in Philadelphia, later
seven to eight seasons with David Kessler, Teilman in
leading roles for women, including one season in the
Lipzin Theatre with Keni Lipzin, and again she returned
with Kessler, a half season with Anshel Schorr in
Philadelphia, and then she went over to Gabel's in New
York. Later several seasons in the "Irving Place
Theatre", "McKinley Square Theatre", and Detroit and in
various other cities, crossing over from dramatic to
Sh. had acted in the
role of "Mrs. Galkin" in "Style", "Madame Herming"
in the "Der yidisher gloybn", "Rivka' In "Yankel der
About her acting in
Nathanson's "Der yidisher gloybn", Moshe Nadir
"Madame Shneyer was an
exceptionally good Madame Herming, ill, disturbed,
gervez, sharp, going on".
Sh. participated in the
film "Libe un leydenshaft (Love and Passion)",
scenario by Isidore Zolotarevsky.
Sh.'s son, Nathan (by
her first husband, the actor Morgenbesser), is a
cashier in a theatre.
On 3 December 1953 Sh.
passed away in New York.
[--] -- Vi azoy a
idishe skuhl meydel iz gevorn an akterise,
"Forward", N. Y., 10 November 1912.
Dr. Y. Kritikus
-- In der velt fun teater, "Der Amerikaner", N.
Y., 5 March 1926.
Moshe Nadir -- "Meyene
hent haben fargosen dos dozige blut", New York,
1928, p. 132.