M. was born on 23 February 1888 in Lemberg, Galicia. Her
father was the manager of a fruit business.
She completed a folkshul and
learned in a girl's seminary. She sang in Polish in the
temple choir together with Frieda Ziebel and Regina
Zuckerberg. Afterwards she entered into Gimpel's chorus,
where she spent around a year playing in small roles.
At the age of seventeen she
came with her sister Bessie to America, where she
performed in Brownsville in vaudeville with the Scheider
brothers, and from time to time she also was involved in the
legitimate theatre. After ten years in New York she
played in St. Louis, then came back to New York (for seasons
in the Liberty, Lyric and Hopkinson Theatres), and later
she toured across the American province with Boris Thomashefsky and
Since 1926, due to her
illness, she retired from the stage.
M.'s first husband, Aaron
Morgenbesser, and her second husband, Louis Coopersmith,
were Yiddish actors; M.'s sister is the Yiddish actress