Born in 1888 in Krasnopolye,
Mohilev Gubernia, White Russia. Father and grandfather
After her father's death,
her family settled in Homel, and she became through her
brother a member of the Russian operetta troupe of
Suslov, continuing in the troupe where she performed in
the prominent singing roles. When the troupe
guest-starred in Vilna, she was taken into the
conservatory by Professor Shanyavsky, where she studied
for two years.
Recommended by the pianist
Filatova-Polyakova in the Russian operetta theatre "Buf"
in Peterburg, she performed there for the recently sick
prima donna, but due to anti-Semitism, they began to
make her disturbed in her right mind, though there came
to the town a second theatre and she had to cancel her
acting on Yom Kippur; also the second theatre left.
Returning to Homel, she
entered into a Russian operetta troupe, directing her
older brother, where she met the singer David Medoff,
with whom she married. Since then, with an interruption
to be able to take care of their children and their
education, she performed together with her husband in
duet scenes, previously in Ukrainian across the United
States and Canada, where she had moved about in 1916,
and then in Yiddish.