As I continue research into my Yiddish Theater project, I expected to just see the steady parade of individuals all looking like Tevye from “Fiddler On The Roof”. Not so! Stella Adler was one good looking woman. The daughter of Jacob and Sarah Adler, who along with other family members were the foundation of the Yiddish Theater District in New York City. An acting dynasty that started in the late 19th Century and continued through the 1950’s
Stella Adler taught acting to Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Elaine Stritch, Lena Horne, Harvey Keitel, Melanie Griffith, Peter Bogdonovich and so many more. Among her most famous students, Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen. Interesting to think without Stella Adler there would not have been the motion picture “Apocalypse Now”.
The Stella Adler Studio of Acting still exists. And this quote from her is perhaps very appropriate today.