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
 

Betty Spector
(Magidovt)


Sister of Yiddish writer Yakov Magidov.

She came from Odessa to America together with the members of the third party "Am Olam" (cir 1882) and participated in the first Yiddish production with Boris Thomashefsky.

Boris Thomashefsky characterized her as such: "She was [by her the first appearance in New York] an intelligent woman, and not long from a Russian gymnasium. Both [she and her husband] were mixed up in socialism, and because of this they were both ejected from a school....

They wandered from country to country, without money, without a language, and without a [tsil: target].

...They had dreams, so with their dedication to the Yiddish stage, they [also] wanted a revolution and wanted [shafn epes nyes fun: to produced news? for the] Yiddish writer or do translating and acting in the Russian and German dramas.

...They had great success, [with acting "Akosta" and "Zhidovka"], but gained little income, and so, as they had several children, [and thus] they decided to leave the stage and took to another income. She became a stay-at-home(?) Jewess, a person of means in at home, a mother to her children, and she no longer dreamed of the theatre, and not even remembered."

  • B. Gorin -- "Di geshikhte fun idishn teater (The History of the Yiddish Theatre)," Vol. II, pp. 17, 24.

  • Boris Thomashefsky -- Amolige aktyoren vos volten nokh velen khatsh eynmol oyftreten in teater, "Forward," N. Y., 25 Aug. 1923.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1556.
 

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