On View: January 26, 2009
to February 26, 2009

Pages from a Performing Life

The Scrapbooks of Molly Picon
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On view: January 26, 2009 to February 26, 2009

Small in stature but larger than life, Molly Picon commanded a global audience.  Born to immigrant parents in New York, Picon spoke English from childhood, yet she rose to fame performing in Yiddish for audiences from Argentina to Zagreb.  She entertained American troops in Korea and played to Jewish survivors in post-Holocaust Warsaw.  She dressed as a yeshiva boy to play Yidl and an old woman to play Yente and in doing so won the hearts of audiences even if they did not speak Yiddish. 

A combination showstopper and public servant, character actress and superstar, Molly Picon embodied the spirit of Yiddish theater and culture for the 20th century.

The American Jewish Historical Society presents a personal account of Molly Picon’s life on and off the Yiddish theater stage in this exhibit of scrapbooks kept by the legendary performer and her husband and collaborator, Jacob Kalich.

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