Molly Picon: the first lady of yiddish theater

by DRM

She was born Malka Opiekun in 1898 in New York and made her debut on stage when she was six.  In the 1920’s she was the doyenne of the Yiddish Theater; her first English role didn’t come until she was in her early 40’s.

You might recognize her…she was Yente the Matchmaker in Fiddler on the Roof.  Her looks were distinct and askew, elegant and mannish.  She rarely wore women’s clothes on stage.

 

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