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 Mina Bern

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Mina Bern

Birth
Poland
Death 10 Jan 2010 (aged 98)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA
Plot Yiddish Theatrical Alliance: Block 67, Ref 1, Section A-D, Line 19, Grave 7
Memorial ID 46626104 View Source
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Actress, Singer. Though she appeared on Broadway and in a number of Hollywood films, she shall be best remembered as a star of the Yiddish theater scene of New York. Born Mina Bernholtz in what is now Poland, she was introduced to the stage early on with the traveling group Ararat. Fleeing the Nazi invasion of 1939, she continued entertaining as she and her daughter lived first in Russia, then in Uganda, and finally in Palestine. By the time Bern landed in New York in 1949, the once-thriving Yiddish theater was moribund, as the language was no longer in everyday use by Jewish immigrants; starting with the revue "Shalom, Tel Aviv", she and her future second husband Ben Bonus began attracting a larger audience to keep the medium alive. Besides performing on Second Avenue, she and Bonus toured throughout North America with their singing and comedy act. She appeared on Broadway in "Let's Sing Yiddish" and "Sing, Israel, Sing", directed (and performed in) the 1970 "Light, Lively, and Yiddish", and, in 1976, had a major hit with the touring Bicentennial revue "Long Live Columbus". Following Bonus' death, Bern made a rather late silver screen debut with the 1985 "Tenement"; she was to have "grandmother" roles in roughly a dozen features including "Crossing Delancy" (1988), the 1994 "It Could Happen To You", and 2001's "Brooklyn Babylon". As part of the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene (which, at her death, continued in business), she remained an active performer well into old age. Bern won a 1999 Obie Award for "Sweet Dreams", was well regarded for her turn in "An American Family", and received a Yiddish Theater Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. Fluent in five languages, she once spoke of her affinity for the tongue of her childhood: "Yiddish is such a rich language. As an actress I can convey sorrow, pain, fear, and pleasure without having to look for a word".

Bio by: Bob Hufford


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MINA BERN
BONUS
5 · 5 · 1911 - 1 · 10 · 2010
BORN IN BIELSK PODLASKY, POLAND
GRAND DAME OF THE YIDDISH STAGE
& A LINK IN THE GOLDENE
KEYT OF YIDDISH CULTURE
A LOVING MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER
& GREAT-GRANDMOTHER
WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT YOU LEFT
SO MUCH OF YOURSELF IN OUR
HEARTS & IN OUR MEMORY


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
  • Added: 13 Jan 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 46626104
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/46626104/mina-bern : accessed ), memorial page for Mina Bern (5 May 1911–10 Jan 2010), Find a Grave Memorial ID 46626104, citing Mount Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .