Ben-Ami, JacobAlternative names
Jacob Ben-Ami was a twentieth century actor and director and prominent figure in American Yiddish theater. Ben-Ami was born on November 23, 1890, in Minsk, then a part of the Russian Empire. Before immigrating to the United States, he performed with Yiddish theater troupes throughout Russia and in London.
In the United States, he worked with prominent figures on the Yiddish theater scene, including at Maurice Schwartz's Irving Place Theatre. He was a leading figure in the founding of the Jewish Art Theatre (1919-1920). This small company, and many others that he was involved with, attempted to add artistic sensibilities to a Yiddish theater scene focused on providing popular entertainment. In the 1940s to 1960s, Ben-Ami was involved in television and cinematic productions as well. Ben-Ami also performed in English-language productions and acted in shows in the United States, Europe, South America, and South Africa. He died on July 2, 1977, in New York.
From the guide to the Jacob Ben-Ami scripts, 1927-1967, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)
|referencedIn||Jacob Charash papers, 1920-1949||New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division|
|referencedIn||Museum of the City of New York. Yiddish theater collection, [ca. 1900]-1986.||Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library|
|creatorOf||Jacob Ben-Ami scripts, 1927-1967||The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.|
|creatorOf||Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Ellen Van Volkenburg-Maurice Browne general correspondence, 1911-||University of Michigan|
|referencedIn||Frueh, Alfred Joseph, 1880-1968. Theatrical caricatures : linocuts.||Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives|
|referencedIn||Jacob Ben-Ami collection, [ca. 1946-ongoing].||Museum of Performance & Design|
|referencedIn||Jacob Ben-Ami as Beethoven, n.d.||New York Public Library System, NYPL|
|referencedIn||Robert Benney research materials, 1926-1978||The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.|
|referencedIn||Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection.||Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University|
|referencedIn||Paul Muni collection, 1908-1980 (inclusive), 1932-1959 (bulk).||Harvard University, Houghton Library|
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