W. was born on 24 September
1892 in Lemberg, Galicia. Her father was a tailor. She
learned for five classes in the local school and she
learned Yiddish at home. As a child of eight years she
sang in the children's choir at temple and began acting
in children's roles in Gimpel's Theatre, where she
remained until the age of fourteen, and she [then]
traveled to America.
Through the initiative of
her sister, Frida Zibel, she performed in the chorus at
the People's Music Hall on the Bowery, where she also
performed in small roles. Later she acted in New York's
Dritn Street Theatre, at first in vaudeville with Louis
Birnbaum and Coopersmith and later in legitimate
theatre. After she acted for several years in vaudeville
with Hymie Wallerstein. V., with her husband, went to
act in vaudeville in Chicago and legitimate theatre in
Cleveland and performed together with Zibel, Esther and
Saul Wallerstein, director at the Lyric Theatre, New
York, where she stayed for a season. Later she acted for
four seasons at the Lenox Theatre (Dirs. Nathan
Goldberg and Jacobs), four seasons at the Lyric (Dir.
Lillian), two seasons at the Hopkinson (with German),
and a single season in Chicago (with German), and at the
Lyric Theatre in Brooklyn.
Specialty: Grand dame.