Women of Valor


Autobiography: Molly!

Molly Picon, 1898 - 1992

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In 1980, Picon published her autobiography, which focused on her life long devotion to Yiddish Theater and culture. In the introduction, the distinguished actress Helen Hayes remarked: "Picon [once] said to me, 'People have called me the Jewish Helen Hayes. I hope you don't mind.' To which I replied, 'Not if they'll allow me to be the shiksa Molly Picon.' After reading this book, I think I had a nerve." The same year, Picon received a Creative Achievement Award of the Performing Arts from B'nai Brith and in 1981, she was elected to the Broadway Hall of Fame. In 1985, The Congress of Jewish Culture awarded Picon a "Goldie" for her lifetime contributions to Jewish culture and art. She accepted the award wearing a tuxedo in tribute to the many years she dressed in little boy's clothes on stage.

  1. "Picon [once] said to me..." Picon, Molly & Bergantini Grillo, Jean, Molly! (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1980) 8.

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