Molly Picon

Actor, Author
Celebrated musical comedy entertainer who began her career with Philadelphia's Arch Street Theater in 1912, later becoming a beloved star of New York's Second Avenue Yiddish stage and a cross-over Broadway performer.
Born: 06/01/1898 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (8)

Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

Mrs Goldfarb (Actor)

The Cannonball Run 1981 (Movie)

Mom Goldfarb (Actor)

For Pete's Sake 1974 (Movie)

Mrs Cherry (Actor)

Fiddler on the Roof 1971 (Movie)

Yente (Actor)

Car 54, Where Are You? 1961 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Actor

Come Blow Your Horn 1963 (Movie)

Mrs Baker (Actor)

Murder on Flight 502 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Celebrated musical comedy entertainer who began her career with Philadelphia's Arch Street Theater in 1912, later becoming a beloved star of New York's Second Avenue Yiddish stage and a cross-over Broadway performer.

Relationships

Lewis Picon

Father

Clara Picon

Mother

Jacob Kalich

Husband
married June 29, 1919, died 1975 wrote 40 shows and books to operettas (including her hit "Yankele") for Picon during their marriage

Helen Silverblatt

Sister
survived Picon

EDUCATION

attended public schools in Philadelphia; left high school after three years to join an English-language stock company

Milestones

1979

Wrote and starred in one-woman show, "Hello Molly" and "Those Were the Days"

1967

Appeared in the musical revue, "How to Be a Jewish Mother"

1965

Starred on Broadway in "Dear Me, The Sky Is Falling"

1964

English-language film debut in Neil Simon's "Come Blow Your Horn"

1961

Featured on Broadway in Jerry Herman musical, "Milk and Honey"

1959

Returned to Second Avenue theater to star in a Yiddish vehicle, "The Kosher Widow"; also wrote lyrics to music by Sholom Secunda

1955

Performed Yiddish plays in New York, London and Israel

1953

Toured US and Canada for Israel Bonds

1951

Toured Korea and Japan for the USO

1941

The Venice Theater (formerly the Jolson) renamed the Molly Picon; opened with "Oy Is Dus a Leben!", A musical autobiography with Picon starring as herself

1940

Broadway stage debut and first English-language starring part in "Morning Star"

1931

Starred at the Molly Picon Theater in "Girl of Yesterday"

1931

Performed in vaudeville at the Palace Theater in New York and on tour

1924

Film debut in Yiddish-language film, "Mazel Tov"

1923

New York stage debut in "Yankele"

1904

Stage debut at age six in Philadelphia under the management of Michael Thomashefsky

1904

Appeared in Yiddish repertory in "Gabriel", "The Silver King," "Sappho", "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Shulamite" in Philadelphia and on tour

Moved to Philadelphia as a child

Appeared in Yiddish repertory with her husband's troup at the Boston Grand Opera

Toured European theaters with husband's company where she perfected her Yiddish

First appeared in cabaret

Toured vaudeville in an act called "Four Seasons"

Starred opposite her husband in "Love Thief" in Europe, the Near East, South America

Starred in various productions at Kessler's Theater in New York

Toured US military camps and displaced person camps in Europe with her husband

At age five won a teddy bear in a burlesque-house amateur program; mother recognized her talent and encouraged Picon, who started singing for 50 cents a night

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