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
 

Manya (Miriam) Trilling
 

 

T. was born circa 1875 in Warsaw, Poland. Her father was a furnace worker. She worked as a hat-[putserin], and through her acquaintance with actor Herman Berman, she became excited in 1892 about the Yiddish theatre -- in  the beginning only as a singer, later also for melodramatic roles.

T. had together with her husband Herman Berman participated with the prominent Yiddish troupes of Russia, Poland, Lithuania, France, England, and for many years she was associated with the Kaminski troupe, and she was especially popular in the role of "Khasya", "Mirele Efros", "Medea", "Donya di potshtarke" (in "Di shbueh") and "Pesenyu" (in "God, Man and Devil").

On 25 April 1920 T. passed away in Yekaterinoslav. Avraham Reysen characterized T.'s acting:
"Madame Trilling, who acted in the role of "Mirele Efros", had us all happily surprised. About that she formed our stage [circa 1907], we have not dreamed [of]. In "Mirele Efros", that is to live, knowledgeable in pseudo-classicism, one of the deepest darmas, had Madame Trilling manifest a great talent. Not only had she a fine intelligence, her diction, her "zetst" [everi] as a [lmdnit], but also her basic figure of the proud and commanding Mirele Efros had increased the impressions and her great success".

Among T.'s four children are: Theodore Adolfus -- a regisseur and ballet master in New York; Albert -- a dancer and composer in the Soviet Union, and Illya -- a Yiddish actor, dancer and composer..

M. E. from  her son Illya Trilling.

  • Noah Prilutsky -- "Yidish teater", Bialystok, 1921, pp. 55-6, 88.

  • Esther Rukhl Kaminska -- [memoirs], "Moment", Warsaw, 6 August 1926.

  • Avraham Reyzen -- In der mishpakha fun yidishe aktyorn, "Vokhenshrift", Warsaw, 16, 1931.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 896.
 

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