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
 

Ella Wallerstein
(Geshpas)
 

W. was born on 24 September 1892 in Lemberg, Galicia. Her father was a tailor. She learned for five classes in the local school and she learned Yiddish at home. As a child of eight years she sang in the children's choir at temple and began acting in children's roles in Gimpel's Theatre, where she remained until the age of fourteen, and she [then] traveled to America.

Through the initiative of her sister, Frida Zibel, she performed in the chorus at the People's Music Hall on the Bowery, where she also performed in small roles. Later she acted in New York's Dritn Street Theatre, at first in vaudeville with Louis Birnbaum and Coopersmith and later in legitimate theatre. After she acted for several years in vaudeville with Hymie Wallerstein. V., with her husband, went to act in vaudeville in Chicago and legitimate theatre in Cleveland and performed together with Zibel, Esther and Saul Wallerstein, director at the Lyric Theatre, New York, where she stayed for a season. Later she acted for four seasons at the Lenox Theatre (Dirs. Nathan Goldberg and Jacobs), four seasons at the Lyric (Dir. Lillian), two seasons at the Hopkinson (with German), and a single season in Chicago (with German), and at the Lyric Theatre in Brooklyn.

Specialty: Grand dame.


M. E.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 650.
 

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