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Yiddish Theater

Award for Yiddish actress, Molly Picon

June 28, 1980

Yiddish superstar comedienne Molly Picon received the Creative Achievement Award of the Performing Arts Unit of B'nai B'rith.

Yiddish theater star Bertha Kalich is born

May 17, 1874

The "leading lady" of American Yiddish theater sought to raise the artistic standards of the genre, emphasizing serious plays.

Yiddish theater impresario Dora Wasserman receives Order of Canada

April 21, 1993

Yiddish theatre producer and advocate Dora Wasserman received the Order of Canada.

Yiddish actress Sara Adler honored for 50 years on the stage

March 14, 1939

Actress Sara Adler was honored for her 50 years on the Yiddish stage with a testimonial performance at the National Theater in New York City.

Molly Picon

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For more than eighty years Molly Picon charmed the public and helped keep the Yiddish theater alive. Best known for her potrayals of "the adorable waif" (often a boy) in Yiddish plays, she also acted, sang and danced her way through English plays, and appeared on film, television and on Broadway.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

For more than eighty years Molly Picon charmed the public and helped keep the Yiddish theater alive. Best known for her potrayals of "the adorable waif" (often a boy) in Yiddish plays, she also acted, sang and danced her way through English plays, and appeared on film, television and on Broadway.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

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