September 18, 1899|
Odessa, Russian Empire, (now Ukraine)
|Died||May 21, 1980
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Ida Kamińska|
The Polish-Jewish performer, born in Odessa, Russia (now Ukraine) was the daughter of Yiddish stage actress Ester Rachel Kamińska (1870–1925) and actor, director and stage producer, Avram Izhak Kamiński (1867–1918). She reportedly married and divorced actor Marian Melman (1900–1978).
Ida Kamińska began a stage career at the age of five. Her first theater role was in 1912 in Mirele Efros, with her mother and her sister in other roles in the play. She spent most of her life in Poland. Kamińska was the director of Jewish theaters in Łódź (1949 - 1953), in Wrocław (1953 - 1955), and in Warsaw (1955 - 1968). The Jewish Theater in Warsaw is named after Ida Kaminska and her mother Ester (the Ester Rachel Kamińska and Ida Kamińska State Jewish Theater).
In 1965, she starred in the Czechoslovak movie The Shop on Main Street (Obchod na korze, directed by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos), for which she received a 1966 nomination for Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her last role was The Angel Levine (1970), directed by Ján Kadár.
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- Ida Kamińska at the Internet Movie Database
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