Celia Adler

Celia Adler

infobox actress

caption=The young Celia Adler
birthdate=birth date|1889|12|6
birthplace=New York City, New York
deathdate=death date and age|1979|1|31|1889|12|6
deathplace=Bronx, New York
restingplace=Mount Hebron Cemetery
Yiddish Theatre Section
occupation=Stage, film, television actress
spouse=Lazar Freed, Jack Cone,
Nathan Forman
parents=Jacob Adler&Dinah Shtettin

Celia Feinman Adler (1891–31 January 1979) was an American Jewish actress, known as the "First Lady of the Yiddish Theatre".imdb name|id=0012120|name=Celia Adler]

She was the daughter of Jacob Adler and Dinah Shtettin, and the older half-sister of Stella, Luther Adler and Jacob Adler's five other children.cite book| author=Adler, Jacob| title=A Life on the Stage: A Memoir", translated with commentary by Lulla Rosenfeld| publisher=Knopf| location=New York|year=1999| isbn=0-679-41351-0| page=381 (commentary)] Unlike Stella and Luther, who became well known for their work with the Group Theater, their film work and as theorists of the craft of acting, she was almost exclusively a stage actress.

Mainly known for her work in Yiddish theater, where she was associated with the Yiddish Art Theater movement of the 1920s and 1930s, she also gave one of the first theatrical portrayals of a Holocaust survivor, in Luther Adler's 1946 Broadway production of "A Flag Is Born" (written by Ben Hecht and featuring a 22-year-old Marlon Brando, Stella Adler's prize pupil in method acting). [cite journal| author=Medoff, Rafael| url=http://israelbehindthenews.com/Archives/Jul-07-04.htm#godfather| title=When Marlon Brando Spoke Up for the Jews| journal=Israel Resource Review| date=2004-07-07|accessdate=2007-04-09] Adler, along with co-stars Paul Muni and Marlon Brando, refused to accept compensation above the Actor's Equity minimum wage because of her commitment to the cause of creating a Jewish State in Israel. [ [http://www.wymaninstitute.org/articles/2004-04-flagisborn.php David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies: Welcome ] ]

She was married three times, to actor Lazar Freed, theatrical manager Jack Cone, and businessman Nathan Forman. All three marriages ended in divorce. One of her sons by Lazar Freed, Dr. Selwyn Freed, was a renowned urologist in New York City.Fact|date=April 2007

She is buried in the Yiddish Theatre Section of Mount Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, New York, USA. [findagrave|7082777]

Her autobiography was ghost-written by Jacob Tickman. צילי אדלער דערציילט /Tsili Adler dertseyltby אדלער, צילי, 1899-1979. Celia AdlerLanguage: Yiddish Type: Book Publisher: צילי אדלער פאונדיישאן און בוך־קאָמיטעט, Nyu-York : Tsili Adler Faundeyshon un Bukh-Komitet, 1959.


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