Born in New York, America.
Father -- a native of Istanbul (Turkey), was a captain
on an English ship, studied as an engineer in Palestine,
Egypt and England, and in the end settled in America,
where he found employment as a mechanical engineer.
She learned until high
school, but due to bad economic conditions, she had to
interrupt her study of law, and due to (a need for)
income, and owning a beautiful voice, she entered into
the chorus of the "Second Avenue" Theatre, and, after
her previous experience with actor Moshe Silberkasten,
through him she was taken to Philadelphia, where she at
first began to act in small (roles), and soon thereafter
larger roles. Together with her husband, she went to
Warsaw, where she acted in very prominent roles. She
returned to America, where she entered into the "Yiddish
Art Theatre" in small roles, learned to read and write
Yiddish, and began to act in the operetta with Menasha
Skulnik, Molly Picon and then in Philadelphia.
About her acting in "David
and Esther", A. Auerbach writes:
"Gitl Stein acts the eternal
half idiot, and even though she pushes about very much,
see her work, that for a young actress, that should
occupy an honorable place on the Yiddish stage."