Respondent
Lapiduss, Esther
Interview Date
1987
Abstract
Esther Lapiduss, a comedienne and entertainer, is the mother of two daughters, also in the entertainment business; birth year, 1920;
[T1S1] birth in Donora, PA; father's emigration from Russia; his marriage to Gertrude Simon in Pittsburgh; names and ages of her siblings; discussion of her father's immigration; education, Taylor Allderdice; visiting her grandmother Schwartz in Youngstown, OH; mother's family background information; her mother's employment at Kaufmann's Department Store; her employment at Kaufmann's and training at the University of Pittsburgh Retail Training School; her early interest in theater; performing at the Y Playhouse and Pittsburgh Playhouse; her husband's family background; courtship and marriage to Saul Lapiduss; birth of their children; description of her father; residence in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh during her childhood; Jewish education; an anecdote from her comedy act; her father's tailor shop; her father's connection with the Penn Theater; religious practices in her parents' home; recollections of early radio and television; effects of the stock market crash of 1929 and the depression;
[T1S2] her plans for entertaining at her high school fiftieth reunion; recollections of teachers and friends at Taylor Allderdice High School; early health care; more discussion of her courtship; her employment at the Concord Hotel in the Catskill Mountains; further discussion of the reunion of the Class of 1937; views about changes in the fifty years since her graduation;
[T2S3] excerpts from her program presented for the class reunion; views about the effect of television on her children and herself; discussion of Roosevelt's policies; recollections of WWI; her husband's loss of family in Vilna; recollections and her reaction to the establishment of the State of Israel; her daughters' careers as writers for Grant Tinker; their education; discussion of her daughter's relationship with Katherine Hepburn
Subjects
Depressions; Amusements; Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003; Oakland (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Theater; Tinker, Grant
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Palkovitz, Judy
Interviewer2
Rubenstein
Indexer
Reynolds, Jacqueline
Collateral Materials
Box 103 FF 17
Identifier
ais196440.255
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh