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Yiddish Theater

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.

Mina Bern

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Publicity still of Mina Bern.
Photograph courtesy of Adrienne Cooper.
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Publicity still of Mina Bern.

Photograph courtesy of Adrienne Cooper.

Mina Bern in New York

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Mina Bern in New York.
Courtesy of the National Yiddish Theater/Folksbiene.
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Mina Bern in New York.
Courtesy of the National Yiddish Theater/Folksbiene.

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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 and Jacob "Yonkel" Kalich

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Molly Picon and Jacob "Yonkel" Kalich on the set of Fiddler on the Roof.
Molly Picon and Jacob "Yonkel" Kalich on the set of Fiddler on the Roof.

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Molly Picon and Children in "Oy is Dus a Leben," 1942

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Molly Picon and Children in Oy is Dus a Leben, 1942.
Molly Picon and Children in Oy is Dus a Leben, 1942.

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Dov and Mariana Steiner in Tel Aviv

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Molly Picon's adopted Son, Dov Steiner, and his wife Mariana in Tel Aviv.
Molly Picon's adopted Son, Dov Steiner, and his wife Mariana in Tel Aviv.

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Molly Picon and Jacob "Yonkel" Kalich in Carlsbad, 1920

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Molly Picon and Jacob "Yonkel" Kalich vacation in Carlsbad, 1920.
Molly Picon and Jacob "Yonkel" Kalich vacation in Carlsbad, 1920.

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Molly Picon and her In-laws, 1920

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Molly Picon with her In-laws, Jacob Kalich's Mother and Step-Father (Foigel Gonif), in 1920 - Chaboufka, Galicia.
Molly Picon with her In-laws, Jacob Kalich's Mother and Step-Father (Foigel Gonif), in 1920 - Chaboufka, Galicia.

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