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 Polish-Jewish 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]


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] 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.[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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