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Stella Adler Video Links

stella-adler-jpegAn author is supposed to market her book a year after its release. I haven’t been as diligent as most, but after spending over a decade of my life with Stella, I have moved on. I’m an artist, after all and although Stella would say one should play Hamlet or Medea over a lifetime to really nail the role, I have other roles to play as a writer, mother, and wife.  Still, it dawned on me as I was perusing this blog that I hadn’t linked all the amazing videos on my Stella Adler YouTube channel. These include riveting teaching lectures (like the one below), others talking about Stella, and the PBS documentary on her life — all of which you can find here.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ll never be through with Stella. She’s a part of me now. But I’m concentrating on a memoir to help heal a chronic illness I grapple with on a daily basis. I take my lead from Stella who lived her life through art, both the suffering and the joy.

If you have read Stella!, it would be a wonderful “thank you” to me to write a brief review on the book’s Amazon page. Only 24 people have reviewed it to date, and I need all the 5 STAR reviews I can get.(If you don’t want to give it 5 Stars, I’d rather you not post a review as it will lower the book’s ranking.) So, if you have a few minutes and a few words about the book, please leave them at the book’s Amazon page here. 

The Work/Life Balance of the Actor: On the 60th Anniversary of Sara Adler’s Death

Stella in Kreutzer Sonata with Sara Adler

Stella in “Kreutzer Sonata” with her mother Sara Adler

People referred to Stella Adler’s mother as Madame Adler. She and Stella’s father were known as the great tragediennes of the Yiddish stage. Together they ushered in the golden age of the Yiddish Theatre on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. They were treated as royalty, not so different from the way fans look at A-list celebrities today.

Upon her death on April 28, 1953, Variety wrote that Madame Adler “was an empress of a whole area of the island of Manhattan, the empress of a family dazzling in its individual talents and, most certainly, empress of the Yiddish theatre in America.” The writer then encapsulated Madame Adler’s legend by relating a story heard from Stella:

She was 88 when it happened: a time when most women are dead or, if they are still live, have no heart for such gallantry.  She was to meet her daughter, Stella, at 6  o’clock.  At 7 o’clock, the empress had not yet arrived and Stella was frantic.  After all, Sara was nearing 90.  But at 7:05, she walked in, erect, her hair freshly curled, a look of dismay on her face.  “What happened, Mama?” Stella cried. “Ah, the men. Terrible!” the empress replied. “A woman of charm is not safe in the streets any more. Oglers; flirts. They give her no peace. Terrible!” Continue reading