Anna Appel was known for her performance of motherly characters in Yiddish and English roles on stage and screen. When Appel joined a Yiddish vaudeville company in 1904, her family sat shiva for her. She played a number of different roles before finally getting her big break in 1918, when she joined the original cast of Morris Schwartz’s popular Yiddish Art Theater. She was a regular cast member for the next ten years and was praised for her performances in Dos Groyse Gevins and A Farvorfn Vinkl. In the 1920s and 1930s, she began playing parts in Yiddish films, including Yizker and Broken Hearts, as well as The Symphony of Six Million in 1932. In 1928, she played her first English-language role as the star of Poppa, starting a Broadway career that included Awake and Sing in 1936 and the revival of Abie’s Irish Rose in 1954. Her final Broadway appearance was in 1959’s The Golem.
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