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