Wife of Mordechai Segalesko,
[who] may have acted only in
Goldfaden's troupes and used to perform as "Bar Kochba,"
or in a male intrigue roles. Year round, S., together
with her husband, directed a Yiddish troupe in Romania in
which she also used to act.
Berta Kalich characterized
her as such:
"She was over six feet tall
and always wore a blue coat. She wore her hair,
displayed in a Bavarian way. A 'fast' kugele
below, and with a barish on the front. When she looked,
she smoked, or a lulke or an 'empty' cigar,
sometimes in an avalanche of cigarettes. Men became red
from shame, when Madam Segalesko opened her mouth. Those
vulgar and dirty words were never spoken, even among men.
She used to walk with broad steps, and because she
always kept her sleeves rolled up, she created the
impression that she was going to hit someone. And
despite these characteristics, Madam Segalesko was a
wonderful human being. She used to help out the poor
people with her last groschen, and when she kindly
received someone, she became faithful as a dog. She was
the 'policeman' of the society. Did someone getshepet
to another actress or chorister, Madam Segalesko was on
site and preserved the honor of the troupe. She was the
peacemaker between husband and wife, and it was barely
noticed that two people were in love, she brought them
together and connected them. She never was a huge
Her children: Chaim-Meir,
Albert and Ernestine, were actors.