Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Born -- as she says -- in 1890 in
Grodno, Polish Lithuania, into an Orthodox family. At the age of ten
she came with her family to America, where she learned in school and
often attended the Sabbath afternoon productions in the Yiddish
theatre, from which she became so excited that for an entire week
she used to imitate the actresses. At the age of fifteen she became a
member in a dramatic club, with whom she toured, acting in Elizabeth
(New Jersey) in the play "Heym in amerike". She debuted in a
soubrette role. Instead of [hanging] posters, she went around [with] the
female actresses around to the houses and advertised about the
For a short time afterwards S. became a
professional actress. For several years she acted in the Yiddish
vaudeville houses, where she showed off a great skill in the
so-called "Arbl-proze." Then she went over to the legitimate Yiddish
theatre as a "leading lady", standing at the top of various Yiddish
theatres in New York and in the province. Thus she had a season acting
in Boston with Jacob Silbert. Then for several seasons she was the
partner in New York with Schildkraut, Kessler and Morris Moshkovich,
[spending] two seasons directing with the "110th Street Theatre" in New York,
which had taken the name "Mae Simon Theatre", and a season with the
Royal Theatre in New York.
S. had also participated in the main
role in the film "The Liar," and in June 1930 she was
assumed the title role in the Yiddish sound film "Mayn yidishe mame (My Jewish
Mother)" (under the direction of Sidney M. Goldin).
Sh. E. and M. E.
Uriel Mazik [A. Epstein] --
Bilder-galereye fun unzere idishe shoyshpiler, "Tog", New York, 15
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 1486.
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