Born on 28 September 1891 in
Vilna, Polish Lithuania. Father -- a pharmacist.
Initially she received her education from a French
governess, then attended Mrs. Prozerova's gymnasium, and
at the same time Treskin's music school.
Even in school she displayed
abilities for the stage, especially in musical numbers,
and she performed in the main roles in the school
productions. At the age of twelve Z. also participated
in the former children's productions in Russian, under
the direction of actor L. Shriftzetser.
After completing in 1908 the
gymnasium, Z. took an active part in the local Yiddish
drama circle and acted in responsible roles.
Z. traveled to Peterburg,
where she attended Rayev's Jewish courses and the
conservatory and acted at the same time in a Russian
dramatic circle under the leadership of Divesman. 1911
-- arrived as a music teacher for the family of theatre
director Zandberg in Lodz, and there became known to
actor Rudolf Zaslavski, and after her marriage to him,
she performed in Vilna in 1913 as "Irena" in Arnstein's
"Dos vilner bel-bisl". Later Z. had the ekr zikh
given with accompanying the musical numbers for the
presented plays, performing only rarely on the stage.
At first in 1916 Z. began to
act systematically, due to the former ban on Yiddish,
and Z. translated (together with her brother, the