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
 

Frida Zibel
(Zhartovski)

 

Z. was born on 27 December 1877 in Lemberg, Galicia.

At the age of thirteen she began singing in the chorus of the Lemberg Polish Opera, where she sang for three years. Then she was engaged by Gimpel for his Yiddish theatre. Her first appearance was as "Delilah" in the operetta "Shimshen der hagiber (Samson the Hero)". Her later appearances in Berlin had aroused the possibilities in the German press.

In 1894 the actor Tsvibel came to Lemberg. Z. married him and was taken to America, where they acted at the Windsor Theatre under the direction of Thomashefsky and Finkel.

Her first appearance in New York was in "Ahasuerus" as "Esther the Queen Esther".

After acting for three years in America, she with her husband traveled to Europe, and when he died there, she remained for several years acting in Galicia.

After that Adler again brought her to America, where she performed at the Grand Theatre.

In 1906 Z. married actor Leyzer Goldstein with whom she acted since then in various troupes. In 1926 Z. acted in Elving's theatre in Newark.

 

Z. has a daughter, Ela, and a sister, Ella Wallerstein, who acts on the Yiddish stage. The deceased actress Helena Geshpas was Z.'s sister.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 767.
 

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