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
 

Fela Shumsky
(Khur-Lantsman)

 

Sh. was born on 28 March 1882 in Warsaw, Poland. Her father was the owner of a shoe factory. She received a home education. At the age of fourteen she acted with "amateurs" in "Baba yakhna", "Akhshurush" et al, and less than half a year later she entered into, against the wishes of her parents, the chorus of a Yiddish provincial troupe (director: Teitelman). Two years a chorus singer, debuting afterwards, during the illness of an actress, as "Esther HaMelekh" (in Goldfaden's "Akhshurush").

She went back to Warsaw and entered into, as an actress, Sabsey's troupe, with whom she traveled to Odessa, where she performed as "Khana'le di neytorin". After three months she went over to the troupe of Spivakovski-Sam Adler (Peterburg), where she became a singer-prima donna.

Sh. also acted for a year in Warsaw's Jardin d'Hiver, several seasons in Lodz's Grand Theatre and in the Lodz United Troupe, for a certain time also with Esther Rachel Kaminska.

After divorcing her first husband, Latsman, she married actor Wolf Shumsky, and followed the same path to the stage as him. After Shumsky's death, Sh. spent a certain amount of time in New York, and then traveled to Paris, where she participated in several productions. Then she became sick and passed away in a hospital around 1930.
 

M. E.

Emilye Adler - Dos leben fun a idisher akterise, "Di idishe velt", Cleveland, 8 July 1930.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2128.
 

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