Mina Bern Movies and Career Information
Mina Bern (May 5, 1911 - January 10, 2010) was a Polish-born American actress. She was a star of the Yiddish theater. Mina (Bernholtz) Bern was born in Bielsk Podlaski. She shortened her name in the 1930s, when auditioning for the Ararat Yiddish cabaret theater in Lodz. A few years later, she established a small cabaret theater in Bialystock. Bern fled to Russia with her daughter after the Nazi invasion of Poland, where she continued to perform in the Yiddish theater. In 1947, she immigrated to Mandate Palestine, where she joined the Li-La-Lo revue theater. In 1949, after an incident in which she was found guilty of sending a thug to beat up theater critic Haim Gamzu, who had written a bad review of her performance, she emigrated to the United States. In New York, Bern married actor and producer Ben Bonus. Bern received an Obie award in 1999.