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Clara Lipman

Clara Lipman based her long and successful career as an actress and playwright on her ingénue performances and her gift for light comedy. Lipman made her New York debut in 1885 in The Rat Catcher (based on the Pied Piper) and performed with several German classical companies before joining Charles Dickens’s theater company in the early 1890s. There, she met her future husband, Louis Mann, during a production of Incog. The pair would continue playing opposite each other for the remainder of their stage careers, starring in comedies like The Girl from Paris, All on Account of Eliza, and Marriage of a Star. After breaking her arm in 1902, Lipman took a four–year hiatus from acting and focused instead on writing plays, eventually writing or co–writing twenty–two plays, many of which she performed with her husband. Her plays included hits like 1912’s Elevating a Husband, which ran on Broadway for 120 performances. During this time, she was also active in the women’s suffrage movement. She and her husband retired in 1927.


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Actress, playwright, and activist Clara Lipman (1869-1952) in 1910.

Image courtesy of The Theatre Magazine via Wikimedia Commons.

Date of Birth

Chicago, IL
United States

Date of Death
Actress, Playwright, Activist

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Clara Lipman." (Viewed on June 6, 2020) <>.


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