Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
(Laina Lampel -- Topf)
B. was born on 31 March 1882
in Berlin, Germany. Her parents were Galitzianers. One
of her uncles was the famous badkhan, R' Alter Melitzer.
She was raised in Berlin and had no knowledge of
Yiddish, although her parents had spoken Yiddish between
In 1899 a Yiddish troupe
came to Berlin, which had performed there for two years.
As such this was a new experience for her, and each
evening she attended the theatre. She also became
acquainted with the actor Berl Topf (his surname was
later changed to Bernardi),
who had eventually brought her onto the stage. Her first role was
"Abigail" in the play "Shulamis".
Two years later Bernardi
brought her to America, and here they were married.
Since then she has acted with
various troupes across America and Canada, in the
beginning as a soubrette, and then in mother roles. In
1929-30 she was at the Lyric Theatre.
Her daughter [Faigele --
ed.] is a chorus
singer in the Yiddish theatre.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 206.
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