Picon, whose career began in Second Avenue's Yiddish theatre scene, successfully transitioned into main-stream radio, television, stage and screen stardom, starring on Broadway in Jerry Herman's Milk and Honey, How to Be a Jewish Mother and Something Old, Something New. Her work for the screen includes numerous Yiddish films, as well as Yente in the film version of Fiddler on the Roof and "Come Blow Your Horn," in which she played Frank Sinatra's mother. The New York Public Library's exhibit will feature costumes, photographs, recordings, films and memorabilia from Picon's career. In addition, the exhibit explores the heritage of New York's Yiddish theatre and the contribution of immigrant cultures to the American entertainment industry.
"Molly Picon: Yiddish Star, American Star" can be seen in the Vincent Astor Gallery at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center from June 26 to Sept. 22. Admission is free.