Born on July 4, 1906, in Vilna, Lithuania, Lucy Levin enjoyed a remarkable yet tragically short career in Yiddish theater and film. She immigrated to the U.S. with her parents, the actor Sam Levin and her mother Anna, in 1908, and briefly studied piano with Sholem Secunda. She received her first big break in 1924 when she played the lead in the Philadelphia Garden Theater’s “Di goldene kale.” She moved to New York soon thereafter where she worked as Molly Picon’s understudy before taking over the lead roles at Kessler’s Second Avenue Theater. Levin starred in several Yiddish films, including Ad Mosay (1929) and Sidney M. Goldin’s Zayn Vaybs Lubovnik (1931). She died on September 4, 1939 at the age of 32.
Here, Levin performs Joseph Rumshinsky’s “Oib Es Is Geven Git Far Mein Mamen, Is Es Git Far Mir” from Dos Mamele.