Born in 1892 in Moscow,
Russia. Parents -- merchants, who moved in 1895 around
to Warsaw, where E. was educated as an extern and served
in the school "Yehudi".
As a child E. excelled in
the home and in school with declamations and acted in
children's plays. Showing a desire for the stage, she
learned in a Polish dramatic school and was a stand-in
in the Polish theatre, but due to anti-Semitism, she
left the Polish environment and debuted in Yiddish (in
Peretz's one-acters) in the dramatic section of "Hazamir",
under the leadership of I. L. Peretz.
1910 -- joined the "Peretz
Hirshbein Troupe" and acted as "Tamara" in Pinski's "Yekl
der shmid", "Elke" in Yuskevich's "In shtot", and other
roles. 1912 -- performed as "Berta" in Gordin's "Der
umbakanter", in Vilna with "amateurs" (future member of
the "Vilna Troupe") under the direction of Jacob
Ben-Ami, and 1913 -- participated in the Hebrew troupe "Habimah",
under the direction of Nachum Zemach as "Leah" in the
Hebrew offering of Dymov's "Der eybiker vanderer" during
the Zionist Congress in Vienna.
At the end of 1913 she
arrived in America and her participated in the Spring of
1914 in "I. L. Peretz-frimorgn", under the direction of
Jacob Ben Ami ("Dos vanzinike maydl" in Peretz's "Frimorgn"),
then acted in the Hebrew offering of Itzhak
Katzenelson's "Trshish" (role of "Shoshana").