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Yiddish Theater

Molly Picon

A lively comic actress with a talent for playing tomboys, Molly Picon brought Yiddish theater to a wider American audience.

Stella Adler premieres Awake and Sing

February 19, 1935

Stella Adler premieres Awake and Sing.

Stella Adler

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Stella Adler, star of Yiddish theater, in Shadow of the Thin Man.

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Stella Adler, star of Yiddish theater, in Shadow of the Thin Man.

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“In that week we learned the meaning not only of perseverance, but also of the love of art for art's sake."

S. Ansky's the Dybbuk

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Original manuscript page in Hebrew from S. Ansky's (also referred to as An.sky) "The Dybbuk," showing Ansky's editing. The play depicts a young woman who has been possessed by a spirit of her beloved.
Photographed at the Access to Integration conference, November 9-10, 2011.
Photo: Ari Davidow
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Original manuscript page in Hebrew from S. Ansky's (also referred to as An.sky) "The Dybbuk," showing Ansky's editing. The play depicts a young woman who has been possessed by a spirit of her beloved.
Photographed at the Access to Integration conference, November 9-10, 2011.
Photo: Ari Davidow

Estelle Getty, 1923 - 2008

Do I admire her because she's been described as "... evasive about her height, acknowledging only that she was under 5 feet and under 100 pounds?" Well, all the more points to Estelle Getty for being an itsy-bitsy powerhouse, but mostly I admire her for being a genuinely funny, talented woman, who never gave up on her greatest ambitions. In an industry where youth and beauty are often valued far above maturity and wit, Estelle turned the tables. She found success in her later years, cracked wise about it the whole time, and taught young women like myself a few things along the way.

Molly Picon

For over seventy years, Molly Picon, star of Yiddish theater and film, delighted audiences with her comic song and dance performances. Picon performed on stage and in Yiddish and Hollywood films for Jewish and non-Jewish audiences around the world. Her engaging persona and powerful performances helped keep Yiddish culture alive by bringing it out of the shtetl and into mainstream American culture.

Molly Picon and Jacob "Yonkel" Kalich at 'Chez Schmendrik,' Mahopac, NY

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Molly Picon and Jacob "Yonkel" Kalich at their family home, 'Chez Schmendrik' in Mahopac, New York.
Molly Picon and Jacob "Yonkel" Kalich at their family home, 'Chez Schmendrik' in Mahopac, New York.

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Molly Picon's Grandparents Ostrovsky circa 1908

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Molly Picon's grandparents, from her mother's family, circa 1908
Molly Picon's grandparents, from her mother's family, circa 1908

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Molly Picon's Standard Theater Flyer, Yiddish Side 2 of 2

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Poster for Molly Picon and Joseph Kalich's show at Stand Theater, 500 Years of Yiddish Theatre.
Institution: American Jewish Historical Society
Poster for Molly Picon and Joseph Kalich's show at Stand Theater, 500 Years of Yiddish Theatre.
Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Yiddish Theater." (Viewed on February 13, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/yiddish-theater>.

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