Stella Adler

Acting teacher, Actor, Director
One of America's most influential acting teachers, and one of few Americans to have studied the "Method" with its originator, Constantin Stanislavsky; Adler's former students include Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro ... Read more »
Born: 02/10/1901 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (5)

My Girl Tisa (Movie)

Mrs. Faludi (Actor)

Shadow of the Thin Man (Movie)

Claire Porter (Actor)

Biography

One of America's most influential acting teachers, and one of few Americans to have studied the "Method" with its originator, Constantin Stanislavsky; Adler's former students include Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Warren Beatty and Harvey Keitel.

Relationships

Jacob Adler

Father
born in 1855 died in 1962 legendary Yiddish actor

Sarah Adler

Mother

Ellen Adler

Daughter
father, Horace Eleaschreff

Jay Adler

Brother
born on September 26, 1896 died in September 1978

Luther Adler

Brother
born on May 4, 1903 died in December 1984 formerly married to Sylvia Sydney

Harold Clurman

Husband
married on September 27, 1942 divorced

Horace Eleaschreff

Husband
divorced

Mitchell Wilson

Husband
died February 26, 1973

EDUCATION

New York University

New York, New York

studied for six weeks with Constantin Stanislavsky in Paris in 1934

American Laboratory Theater

studied with her father, Jacob Adler, Maria Ouspenskaya and Ricard Boleslavsky

Milestones

1967

Played Madame Arkadina in the Yale School of Drama's production of "The Three Sisters"

1961

Returned to stage after 15-year absence in "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad" in London

1949

Founded the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting (formerly the Stella Adler Theatre Studio) in NYC

1938

Film debut, "Love on Toast"

1938

Directorial debut, "Golden Boy" with the Group Theater in San Francisco

1935

Gave her most famous stage performance in The Group Theater's production of Clifford Odets's "Awake and Sing"

1920

First English-language Broadway play, Karel Capek's "The World We Live In"

1919

London stage debut, "Elisha Ben Avi"

1906

Appeared with father's Yiddish repertory theater company in plays by Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Jacob Gordon as well as other classical and modern plays performed in Yiddish including "The Merchant of Venice" and "Lower Depths"

1906

Stage debut in "Broken Hearts" at the Grand Theatre, NYC

Appointed adjunct professor of acting, Yale University

Played one season of vaudeville on the Orpheum Circuit in the early 1920s

Appeared in over one hundred parts with the Living Place Theatre, the Yiddish Art Theatre opposite Maurice Schwartz and Samuel Golendenberg

Named head of the acting department under Erwin Piscator at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research

Named head of the undergraduate department of drama at NYU

Joined the Group Theater at its foundation by Harold Clurman, Lee Strasberg and Cheryl Crawford

Bonus Trivia

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During and after WWII, Adler raised funds for the Emergency Committee to Save the Jewish People of Europe and the American League for a Free Palestine; she also assisted these causes by purchasing guns and forging passports and visas for people who wanted to immigrate to Palestine.

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She was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame (1992)

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