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Also Known As: Molly Pyekoon Died: April 5, 1992
Born: June 1, 1898 Cause of Death: Alzheimer's disease
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, author

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Celebrated musical comedy entertainer who began her career with Philadelphia's Arch Street Theater in 1912, later becoming a beloved star of New York's Second Avenue Yiddish stage and a cross-over Broadway performer.

Celebrated musical comedy entertainer who began her career with Philadelphia's Arch Street Theater in 1912, later becoming a beloved star of New York's Second Avenue Yiddish stage and a cross-over Broadway performer.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Cannonball Run II (1984) Mrs Goldfarb
3.
 Cannonball Run, The (1981) Mom Goldfarb
4.
 Murder on Flight 502 (1975) Ida Goldman
5.
 For Pete's Sake (1974) Mrs Cherry
6.
 Fiddler on the Roof (1971) Yente
7.
 Come Blow Your Horn (1963) Mrs. Baker
8.
 Mamele (1939) Chavchi Samet, also known as Mamele
9.
 Yiddle with His Fiddle (1936) Yiddle
10.
 Mazel Tov (1932) Mollie
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Milestones close milestones

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Moved to Philadelphia as a child
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At age five won a teddy bear in a burlesque-house amateur program; mother recognized her talent and encouraged Picon, who started singing for 50 cents a night
1904:
Stage debut at age six in Philadelphia under the management of Michael Thomashefsky
1904:
Appeared in Yiddish repertory in "Gabriel", "The Silver King," "Sappho", "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Shulamite" in Philadelphia and on tour
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First appeared in cabaret
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Toured vaudeville in an act called "Four Seasons"
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Appeared in Yiddish repertory with her husband's troup at the Boston Grand Opera
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Toured European theaters with husband's company where she perfected her Yiddish
1923:
New York stage debut in "Yankele"
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Starred in various productions at Kessler's Theater in New York
1924:
Film debut in Yiddish-language film, "Mazel Tov"
1931:
Starred at the Molly Picon Theater in "Girl of Yesterday"
1931:
Performed in vaudeville at the Palace Theater in New York and on tour
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Starred opposite her husband in "Love Thief" in Europe, the Near East, South America
1940:
Broadway stage debut and first English-language starring part in "Morning Star"
1942:
The Venice Theater (formerly the Jolson) renamed the Molly Picon; opened with "Oy Is Dus a Leben!", A musical autobiography with Picon starring as herself
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Toured US military camps and displaced person camps in Europe with her husband
1951:
Toured Korea and Japan for the USO
1953:
Toured US and Canada for Israel Bonds
1955:
Performed Yiddish plays in New York, London and Israel
1959:
Returned to Second Avenue theater to star in a Yiddish vehicle, "The Kosher Widow"; also wrote lyrics to music by Sholom Secunda
1961:
Featured on Broadway in Jerry Herman musical, "Milk and Honey"
1964:
English-language film debut in Neil Simon's "Come Blow Your Horn"
1965:
Starred on Broadway in "Dear Me, The Sky Is Falling"
1967:
Appeared in the musical revue, "How to Be a Jewish Mother"
1979:
Wrote and starred in one-woman show, "Hello Molly" and "Those Were the Days"
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Notes

"With her sparkling 'ganayvishe oygen,' or mischievous eyes, and her sturdy delivery of Yiddish songs with appropriate gestures and intonation, she reigned supreme in more than 200 productions along the Yiddish theater row that was lower Second Avenue during the 1920s....Hers was the expansive, emotional style that would have been restricted by the colder performances tailored to the realism of Broadway."--Murray Schumach ("New York Times" obituary, April 7, 1992)

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husband:
Jacob Kalich. Playwright. Married June 29, 1919, died 1975; wrote 40 shows and books to operettas (including her hit "Yankele") for Picon during their marriage.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Lewis Picon.
mother:
Clara Picon.
sister:
Helen Silverblatt. Survived Picon.

Bibliography close complete biography

"So Laugh a Little"
"The Sound of Laughter"
"Molly" Simon & Schuster

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