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Acting

Debut of "The Sarah Silverman Program"

February 1, 2007

“People are always introducing me as ‘Sarah Silverman, Jewish comedienne.’" 

Roseanne

Roseanne Barr shattered stereotypes of femininity and motherhood with her raunchy, iconoclastic comedy.

Chelsea Handler is named to Time’s 100 Most Influential People.

April 18, 2012
"A handful of years ago no one in entertainment had heard of her.” Chelsea Handler

Sasha Cohen

Figure skater Alexandra “Sasha” Cohen won a silver medal at the 2006 Olympics and popularized the difficult I-spin, which many now call the “Sasha spin” in her honor.

Lilli Palmer

Actress Lilli Palmer fled Nazi Germany to make a place for herself in Hollywood, but chose to return after the war, becoming celebrated once again in her home country.

Elinor Morgenthau

Elinor Morgenthau’s greatest accomplishments were largely invisible, as she helped her husband, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., rise to great heights in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration.

Robin Morgan

A key organizer of the feminist movement, Robin Morgan fired one of the opening salvos of the feminist revolution when she helped plan a massive protest of the 1968 Miss America Pageant.

Lauren Bacall, 1924 - 2014

Growing up in Canada, a favorite game my family and friends played involved trying to identify all the famous Jewish stars in Hollywood who had changed their names.  What else are you going to do in Winnipeg when it’s twenty below? “You know he/she is Jewish,” or “I bet he/she is Jewish,” was a common comment at any gathering.

Elaine May

Elaine May broke down barriers for women in comedy, first as half of the celebrated comic duo Nichols and May, then as one of the few women writer/directors in Hollywood.

Death of writer and comedian Selma Diamond

September 5, 1985
Selma Diamond was hard to miss, in a writer’s room, on a talk show, or in situation comedy.

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