Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Olya Libert-Lubotski


Born in Odessa, Ukraine. She studied in a gymnasium during the Bolshevik Revolution, and disregarded that their house had been confiscated by the powers-that-be. She and her brothers were given to their studies. From childhood on she loved poetry and with every opportunity she performed with declarations, striving for the theatre.

After completing the gymnasium, she entered into the dramatic school of Laurence and Michailovsky, and after completing the school, she was engaged in a summer theatre and took on small roles in the plays of Chekhov., Gogol, and "a further history" of Shakespeare. A year later, she was engaged in Glogolin's art troupe, where she received a greater role in Lope De Vega's "Dem gertners hunt", performing in the role of "Cecil" in Oscar Wilde's "Di vikhtikeyt tsu zeyn ernst", "Hanele" and Hauptmann's "Di farzunkene glok", and other plays. Shortly thereafter, she legally left  the Soviet-Ukraine and illegally arrived in Poland, and from there went away to Berlin, and with the help of her family arrived in America. here she performed in Russian in New York and Philadelphia (as "Dthe daughter") in Strindberg's "The Father" with Dr. Paul Baratov, who recommended her to Rudolf Schildkraut in his theatre on 180th Street in the Bronx, where she acted in Yiddish as "Rivkale" in Ash's "God of Vengeance" and the main young role in Dymov's "Zeyn letste gelibte". She also repetirt Strindberg's "Der shturem", which was not staged. Then L. became engaged by Azro-Alomis for the "Vilna Troupe", with

whom she acted for several years in America, Canada and also participated in their tour across Germany (Frankfurt aum Main, Cologne), Alsace-Lorraine (Metz, Strasbourg, Nancy) and Belgium (Antwerp and Brussels), acting as "Avraham Yakov" in Hirshbein's "Grine felder (Green Fields)", "Nekhamele" in Asch's "Motke ganef (Motke the Thief)", "Betty" in Sholem Aleichem's "Hard to be a Jew", and understudied Miriam Weide as "Leah" in Anski's "Dybbuk". She returned to America, where she settled in Los Angeles, L. devoted herself to performing in Russian and English poetry.

L. was married to Yiddish actor Jacob Lubotski ("Lexicon", p. 1011, passed away on 20 May 1966), brother of the actress Alomis.

Sh. and M. E.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 5768.

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