Mina Bern won an Obie Award for her performance in Folksbiene's production of Sweet Dreams four seasons ago. She appeared in the Folksbiene's highly acclaimed production of An American Family three seasons ago, earning affectionate raves as a feisty aunt. A major star in her native Poland, then in Russia and then in Israel at its founding, Bern came to New York in 1949 and quickly began appearing on Broadway -- in Light, Lively and Yiddish and Sing, Israel, Sing, Those Were the Days, and in the long- running Los Angeles production of Let's Sing Yiddish. Her film credits include Avalon, Crossing Delancey, Little Odessa, I'm Not Rappaport, Celebrity, It Could Happen to You and Flawless with Robert DeNiro. For 25 years she traveled with her late husband Ben Bonus, under the auspices of The Workmen's Circle, bringing Yiddish to audiences across the country.
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