Rita Karin

Actor, Narrator
The daughter of victims of the Holocaust, Karin trained at the Moscow State Jewish Theater during WWII and began performing after the war with her husband, Norbert Horowitz, in a traveling Yiddish theater they created ... Read more »
Born: 10/24/1919 in Poland

Filmography

Actor (12)

The Pickle 1993 (Movie)

Grandmother (Actor)

He Said, She Said 1991 (Movie)

Mrs Spepk (Actor)

Enemies, A Love Story 1989 (Movie)

Mrs Schreier (Actor)

Sleep Well, Professor Oliver 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Sophie's Choice 1982 (Movie)

Yetta Zimmerman (Actor)

The Big Fix 1978 (Movie)

Aunt Sonya (Actor)

Matilda 1977 (Movie)

Spectator (Actor)

Brass (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup (TV Show)

Actor

Kojak: The Belarus File (TV Show)

Actor

Nicky's World (TV Show)

Actor

Starstruck (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The daughter of victims of the Holocaust, Karin trained at the Moscow State Jewish Theater during WWII and began performing after the war with her husband, Norbert Horowitz, in a traveling Yiddish theater they created for Holocaust survivors. She immigrated to the US in 1949 and enjoyed a successful career in New York's Yiddish theater scene, later expanding to Broadway and off-Broadway in shows including "The Wall," "Yentl," "A Call on Kuprin," "Scuba Duba" and "The House of Blue Leaves." Karin also made intermittent feature film appearances beginning the 1970s; her most memorable roles include the boisterous landlady, Yetta Zimmerman, in "Sophie's Choice" (1983) and Mrs. Schreier in "Enemies: A Love Story" (1991). Her TV roles include a stint as Jackie Mason's mother on the ABC sitcom, "Chicken Soup." Karin also distinguished herself as a reader of the works of Sholom Aleichem, and performed them annually on the anniversary of the noted author's death.

Relationships

Parent
died in the Holocaust

Grandchild
had four granddaughters and one grandson survived her

Rochelle Axelrud

Daughter
survived her

Norbert Horowitz

Husband
also a graduate of the Moscow State Jewish Theater

Michael Horowitz

Son
survived her

EDUCATION

Moscow State Jewish Theater

attended during WWII

Milestones

1993

Last TV appearance, on an episode of the TV drama, "Tribeca"

1993

Last film, "The Pickle"

1989

Played Bea Fisher on the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Chicken Soup", starring Jackie Mason and Lynn Redgrave

1974

Played first notable TV role in the TV-movie, "Nicky's World"

1970

Made film debut in "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight"

1960

Made her Broadway debut in "The Wall"

1949

Immigrated to the United States; continuing acting career in New York's Yiddish theater scene

1944

Left the Soviet Union for Germany after parents and other relatives were killed in the Holocaust and she finished her theater studies; served as narrator of the US Information Agency's first documentary about the liberation of the Nazi Concentration Camps

Aided by the US government, Karin and husband Norbert Horowitz founded a traveling Yiddish theater group that performed for Holocaust survivors

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