Sylvia, Sarah

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SYLVIA, SARAH (1890–1976), South African actress and producer. Born in London, she was taken to Johannesburg as a child, and at the age of 12 played the lead in Goldfaden's Shulamis. In London, in 1912, she played opposite Maurice Moscovitch in his Yiddish production of The Merchant of Venice. Later in South Africa she organized Yiddish seasons, imported companies, and appeared in many plays including works of Gordin and Sholem Aleichem. Some of her outstanding performances were in English, in Death of a Salesman with Ben-Ami (1953) and The World of Sholem Aleichem (1960).