Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
A. was born on 4 January
1892 in Lodz, Poland.
Her parents were the owners of a
restaurant where Yiddish actors used to meet.
She learned privately.
At the age of fourteen she
was taken by actors to Odessa to Fishzon and put into
the chorus. There she was for several months until
the troupe came to Yekaterinoslav, where she had her
father, who didn't want her leave "with his actors", and she was
sent home. In Lodz she went into the chorus of Kaminski,
and from then she again went around with various troupes
as a chorus singer, and when in Odessa with Kaminski the
actor Naroslavska became sick, A. performed in the
role of "Heyse babkelekh" in "Koldunye".
Since 1913 she began acting
as a soubrette as Lebedeff's partner in Zandberg's Lodz
Grand Theatre. During the war, she acted under the name
of Sonia Bezman, in Russia in the troupes of her
husband, Iser Bezman and of Bezman-Young, and since
1925, she returned to Lodz and entered into the local
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 96.
There is also an amended
biography of Sonia Ariel in the Lexicon's Volume 5, in its memorial
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