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Between singing some of the tangos, waltzes, and fox trots popularized and often co-written by Ms. Picon, Dr. Cypkin weaves in highlights of Molly’s life. These include Molly’s love of the stage that grew from her mother’s work as a seamstress for Yiddish theater actresses and Molly’s serendipitous meeting with Jacob Kalich, the man who would make her a star. Professor Cypkin also discusses the making of Yankele, Molly’s first Yiddish musical and its successful European tour, culminating in her conquering the New York Yiddish stage in 1923. She then traces Molly’s career to Yidl mitn Fidl, the most successful Yiddish film ever made, to her appearances on Yiddish radio. Dr. Cypkin also tracks Molly’s English language successes from her breakthrough in 1961’s Milk and Honey to her role as Yente the Matchmaker in the 1971 film version of Fiddler on the Roof. 

Molly Picon: A Yiddish Gem

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