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Bessie Thomashefsky

Bessie Thomashefsky (1873 – July 6, 1962) was a Russian-born Jewish American singer, actress and comedian, a star in Yiddish theater beginning in the 1890s. She was the wife and stage partner of Boris Thomashefsky, the most popular Yiddish leading man of his era. Probably her most famous role was the title role of Oscar Wilde's Salomé at the People’s Theater in 1908.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1873, Died July 6th, 1962

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1924

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal

Notes: Also sang in the contralto range.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-29384 10-in. 2/6/1924 Oi is dus a rebezin Bessie Thomashefsky Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-29385 10-in. 2/6/1924 Minke beim telephone Bessie Thomashefsky Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-29768 10-in. 4/3/1924 The women's 14 points Bessie Thomashefsky Recitation vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-29769 10-in. 4/3/1924 Suze Bran, die dienst moid Bessie Thomashefsky Recitation vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-29799 10-in. 4/15/1924 Greener bucher Bessie Thomashefsky Female vocal solo, with violin, flute, and piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Trial 1920-02-02-01] Not documented 2/2/1920 Das oinele Yud Bessie Thomashefsky Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Thomashefsky, Bessie," accessed April 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111754.

Thomashefsky, Bessie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111754.

"Thomashefsky, Bessie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 April 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111754

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