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
 

Paulina Zarzhevska
(Keller)
 

 

Born in 1891 in Warsaw, Poland. Her father was a bookkeeper. At a very early age there came a desire to her for the theatre, and she began to act with the amateur group (from which there later came professional actors) of Latavitsh, Kurts and Anisman.

When she acted with the troupe in Suwalki, she went over to the professional troupe of Guzik, where she had for the first time sang in a chorus, and then episodic roles. Two years later though, according to the conditions at the time, also from time to time performed in the chorus -- however she acted in prominent roles and began to migrate over various cities in Russia. In Vilna she joined the troupe of Sharavner, where she acted for six months, then some months in the troupe of Sharavner-Bernstein, a half-year in Odessa in Sabsey's troupe, a year with Kanevski, and she began to act with Sam Adler, but soon over in the United (Kaminski) Troupe, where she became familiar with the theatre manager Harry Zar whom she married, and from then on she followed the same theatre fate, continuing to act on the stage, not only in Constantinople, but also later after she arrived in America.

Z. acted there with Boris Thomashefsky, and then under the direction of Abe Kogut (guest-stars: Rudolf Schildkraut, Leon Blank et al.), and in 1935 she retired from the stage.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 4, page 3070.
 

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