Ida Kamińska

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Ida Kamińska
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Born (1899-09-18)September 18, 1899
Odessa, Russian Empire, (now Ukraine)
Died May 21, 1980(1980-05-21) (aged 80)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Ida Kamińska
Years active 1904–1970

Ida Kamińska (September 18, 1899 – May 21, 1980) was an Academy Award-nominated actress.

Early life[edit]

The Polish-Jewish performer,[1] 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).[1] She reportedly married and divorced actor Marian Melman (1900–1978).[1]

Early career[edit]

Ida Kamińska began a stage career at the age of five.[1] Her first theater role was in 1912 in Mirele Efros, with her mother and her sister in other roles in the play.[1][2]

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.[1] Her last role was The Angel Levine (1970), directed by Ján Kadár.[1][3]


Following her death from cardiovascular disease in 1980, aged 80, she was interred in the Yiddish theater section of the Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, New York.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Goldreich, Sheila Segal ; foreword by Gloria (1996). Women of valor : stories of great Jewish women who helped shape the twentieth century. West Orange, NJ: Behrman. pp. 52–65. ISBN 0874416124. 
  2. ^ [ed.], Martin Banham (2000). The Cambridge guide to theatre (Repr. (with corr.). ed.). Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge Univ. Press. p. 586. ISBN 0521434378. 
  3. ^ Langman, Larry (2000). Destination Hollywood : the influence of Europeans on American filmmaking. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 24. ISBN 078640681X. 
  4. ^ Thise, Mark (2008). Hollywood winners & losers, A to Z. New York: Limelight Editions/Hal Leonard. p. 99. ISBN 9780879103514. 
  5. ^ "Ida Kaminska". Find a Grave. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 

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