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Helen Menken

Helen Menken

Actress Helen Menken’s greatest contribution to Broadway history was her work as theatrical producer for the innovative wartime effort Stage Door Canteen, offering entertainment to servicemen and women.

Death of Helen Menken, notorious and accomplished actress

March 28, 1966

Actress Helen Menken was arrested with Mae West, married Humphrey Bogart, and produced the Stage Door Canteen in World War II.

Theater in the United States

For over a hundred years, Jewish women have been involved in the American theater as writers, actors, directors, designers and producers. The vitality of the Yiddish theater, the splendor of Broadway, the rich tapestry of the regional theater—and everything in between—all owe a debt to the Jewish women who have given of their talents, their energy, their drive, and their dreams.

Helen Menken

One of the finest actors of her day, as well as a producer and a philanthropist, Helen Menken devoted her entire life to the American theater.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Helen Menken." (Viewed on September 22, 2014) <http://jwa.org/taxonomy/term/14777>.

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