Helen Beverley, Yiddish Theatre Actress, Dies at 94

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26 Jul 2011

Actress Helen Beverley, who performed in Yiddish theatre and Yiddish films, and was married to actor Lee J. Cobb, died of natural causes July 15 at the Motion Picture and Television Fund hospital in Woodland Hills. She was 94.



In the 1930s, Ms. Beverley appeared in a series of Yiddish films, including "Green Fields," based on the Peretz Hirshbein play, in which she was the lead; "The Light Ahead," co-directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, who piloted several well-regarded Yiddish movies; and "Overture to Glory."

Ms. Beverley also had some roles in some standard Hollywood films, including the Charlie Chan picture "Black Magic," 1944's "The Master Race," and the musical "Stairway for a Star." Her last screen appearance was in the 1961 Susan Hayward film "Ada."

She made a single Broadway appearance, in 1939's Clean Beds.

Ms. Beverley married Cobb in 1940, but they were divorced in the 1950s. She is survived by a daughter, actress Julie Cobb, and a granddaughter, actress Rosemary Morgan.