V. was born in 1897 in
Nesvizh, Minsk Gubernia, White Russia.
As a child of six she went
with her family to Lugansk (Luhansk, Ukraine today --
ed.), where she learned in school and would attract
attention due to her beautiful voice.
So that she would expand her
friendship with the Christian girls, she had her father
send her silk...., where she was for three years, and
there she learned Yiddish.
She returned home and V. at
the age of twelve performed in Slavyansky's chorus.
In 1912 she debuted in
Mishurat's guest-starring Yiddish troupe, in which she
was taken into through the actor Yitzhak Wiernik. From
that point on she acted in various Yiddish and Ukrainian
In 1914 V. traveled to
Berlin and studied at the conservatory there, but soon
she went off to America where she first acted for a time
in a Ukrainian theatre with Medov, afterwards also on
the English vaudeville stage, and later in Yiddish
vaudeville in New York's Grand Theatre. She also debuted
on the legitimate Yiddish stage in America as a prima
donna in Glickman's Palace Theatre, and since then has
acted from time to time in various troupes.
Sh. E. from Moshe Tarlovsky.