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Broadcast of Deborah Kaufman's "Blacks and Jews"

July 29, 1997

Deborah Kaufman's documentary film, "Blacks and Jews," aired on PBS.

Birth of Theda Bara, the original "vamp"

July 22, 1890

Silent film star Theda Bara was born.

"When Harry Met Sally" hits theaters

July 12, 1989

"When Harry Met Sally," with a screenplay by Nora Ephron, was released. The screenplay was later nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

Birth of multi-talented Ruth Hagy Brod

May 31, 1911

Birth in New York City of Ruth Hagy Brod, who would have a varied career in journalism, publishing, and public service.

Death of comedian Gilda Radner at 42

May 20, 1989

Comedian Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer at the age of 42.

Shelley Winters wins Academy Award for her role in "The Diary of Anne Frank"

April 4, 1960

Actress Shelley Winters won her first Academy Award for her performance as Mrs. Van Daan in the film version of "The Diary of Anne Frank."

Judy Holliday wins Academy Award for best actress

March 29, 1951

Actress and comedian Judy Holliday received an Academy Award for her performance in "Born Yesterday."

Sophie Tucker records signature song

March 2, 1911

Sophie Tucker, the self-proclaimed "Last of the Red Hot Mamas," recorded her signature song "Some of These Days."

"New York Times" profile of silent film star, Theda Bara

February 20, 1916

Silent film star Theda Bara was profiled in the "New York Times," following her appearance in "A Fool There Was" in 1915.

Yiddish Film in the United States

During the early half the twentieth century, feature films in the Yiddish language were produced in and around New York City. During the “Golden Age” of Yiddish film, 1936 to 1939, more than two dozen films opened in New York City to encouraging box-office income, only to be curtailed abruptly by the onset of World War II. The films capture the language and life-style, as well as the values, dreams, and myths of the world of Yiddish culture and immortalize some of the greats of the Yiddish theater.


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