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Acting

Bessie Thomashefsky

With suffragette spirit and comedic skill, Bessie Thomashefsky adapted great American and British plays for Yiddish-speaking audiences, from Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Oscar Wilde.

Sydney Taylor

Sydney Taylor’s famous and beloved All-of-a-Kind Family series of children’s books were almost left unpublished and forgotten.

Jacqueline Susann

After a breast cancer diagnosis left her determined to leave a real impact on the world, Jacqueline Susann made history as the first author to have three consecutive New York Times bestsellers, starting with her landmark 1966 novel, Valley of the Dolls.

Cora Baird and her Husband, Bill Cropped

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Cora Baird (1912-1968) found her ultimate destiny linked with her husband and the Bill & Cora Baird Marionettes. Together they performed for vaudeville, Broadway, television and industrial film audiences, entertaining and teaching hundreds of thousands of children and adults.

Institution: Private collection.

Cora Baird (1912-1968) found her ultimate destiny linked with her husband and the Bill & Cora Baird Marionettes. Together they performed for vaudeville, Broadway, television and industrial film audiences, entertaining and teaching hundreds of thousands of children and adults.

Institution: Private collection.

Anna Held cropped

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Actress Anna Held, March 10, 1900.

Photograph by Aime Dupont.

Courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress.

Actress Anna Held, March 10, 1900.

Photograph by Aime Dupont.

Courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress.

Elaine May, 1959

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Actress, screenwriter, and theater and film director, Elaine May in 1959.

Image courtesy of the Morning Call newspaper via Wikimedia Commons.

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Actress, screenwriter, and theater and film director, Elaine May in 1959.

Image courtesy of the Morning Call newspaper via Wikimedia Commons.

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Fania Marinoff, 1913

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Actress and volunteer Fania Marinoff (1890 – 1971) in 1913.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Actress and volunteer Fania Marinoff (1890 – 1971) in 1913.

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Clara Lipman, 1910 Cropped

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Actress, playwright, and activist Clara Lipman (1869-1952) in 1910.

Image courtesy of The Theatre Magazine via Wikimedia Commons.

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Actress, playwright, and activist Clara Lipman (1869-1952) in 1910.

Image courtesy of The Theatre Magazine via Wikimedia Commons.

Clara Lipman, 1910

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Actress, playwright, and activist Clara Lipman (1869-1952) in 1910.

Image courtesy of The Theatre Magazine via Wikimedia Commons.

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Actress, playwright, and activist Clara Lipman (1869-1952) in 1910.

Image courtesy of The Theatre Magazine via Wikimedia Commons.

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Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” Climbs Billboard Charts

February 1, 1964
"I don’t care what age you are—whether you’re 16 or 116—there’s nothing more wonderful than standing on the stage and shaking your finger and singing, ‘Don’t tell me what to do.’” - Singer Lesley Gore

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