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Bernhardt was a very famous Jewish-French stage and early film actress who earned the nickname… [More] “The Divine Sarah.” She gained her reputation as a serious dramatic actress on the stages of France in the 1870s, and was soon in demand in Europe and the Americas. Born in Paris, Bernhardt was one of six children of a widely traveling Jewish spectacle merchant (a “vision specialist) and and petty criminal, Moritz Baruch Bernardt. [Less]
1903: Jerome Lester Horwitz, aka ‘Curly’ Howard
Curly Howard was a Jewish-American comedian and vaudevillian best for being a member of the American… [More] slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges, along with his older brothers Moe Howard and Shemp Howard, and actor Larry Fine. Curly is generally considered the most popular and recognizable of the Stooges — known for his physical comedy routines, improvisations, and athleticism. [Less]
1919: Doris Lessing
Lessing, a Nobel Prize laureate, is a leading British novelist, poet, playwright, biographer and short… [More] story writer. She is known as a political radical, and was married to Gottfried Lessing, a German Jewish Marxist, for a period. Her novels include The Grass Is Singing (1950), the sequence of five novels collectively called Children of Violence (1952–69), The Golden Notebook (1962), The Good Terrorist (1985), and five novels collectively known as Canopus in Argos: Archives (1979–1983). [Less]