Jennie Goldstein won the hearts of her audiences playing tragic roles in Yiddish melodramas, but when tastes changed, she showed her versatility by playing comic roles with equal skill. Goldstein made her stage debut at age six in Hanele the Dressmaker alongside the great actress Bertha Kalich. Goldstein’s talent prompted Sigmund Mogulesko to write two songs for her performance in Family Purity. By age thirteen, she was playing adult roles, and by sixteen had married Max Gabel, who wrote wildly popular melodramas for the two of them to perform together, including Everything for Love. She divorced Gabel in 1930 and embarked on a solo career, briefly managing the Prospect Theater from 1932–1933 and starring in the Yiddish film Two Sisters in 1939. In the 1940s, as Yiddish theaters began to close, Goldstein became a comedian, performing in two Broadway plays and on television. In later life she volunteered for various organizations, including the Hebrew Actors Union and the board of the Bikur Cholim Convalescent Home.
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