Born in 1906 in New
York, America. Z. was "the wonder child of Yiddish
theatre". At age eight she began to act in
children's roles in the "Lenox Theatre" (with
Goldberg and Jacobs), then with Bertha Kalich,
Jacob P. Adler, Max Gabel, and in the "Yiddish Art
Theatre" with Maurice Schwartz, under the name
Schwartz and later as a soubrette in the "Rolland"
Theatre, and with Molly Picon. For a season she
acted in Yiddish theatre in London, and returning to
New York she settled into her musical studies at the
Manhattan School of Music, and then to concerts of
humor and satire where she was also a piano soloist
Some of her popular
numbers include: "Dos meserl" by Sholem Aleichem, "A
tsokoladn shap" by Farber, "Di mume bayle" by Khaver-Paver,
and monologues by Moishe Nadir.
Z. issued the record
"Bar Mitzvah" (a satire), "Shkhnim", (a satire),
"Bukovina" (a dertsaylekhe folk song), and
"Mazurka" by A. Lutsky, arranged by her.
Together with Maxim
Brodyn, she also directed a one-acter by Peretz
Hirschbein "Grine Felder".
Y. Rabinovitsh writes
after her concert in Montreal: "We cannot perform
any better nkhs-rukh as to hear Zela Zlatin's
artistic exchange of Yiddish.....
The "Forward" writes
about a concert:
"The performer Zelda
Zlatin has had a toplte task of
forleyenerin of the piano bagleyterin for
Miriam Burnet. Zelda Zlatin has added much to the
interesting program with her playing of the
monologues of Eliezer Steinberg, Sholem Aleichem and
of the poet Yevtusenko -- the poem "Babi Yar".
Highly successful was the humorous number "Di mume
bayle" by Khaver-Paver. In the scene that Zelda
Zlatin acted out, in a comical, heartfelt way, a
Yiddish form of the alte heym and a Yiddish
wedding, strongly successful was the
iberdertsayln, shortened, Sholem Aleichem's "Dos