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Molly Picon

Highest Rated:   83% Come Blow Your Horn (1963)
Lowest Rated:   13% Cannonball Run II (1984)
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Pixieish singer-comedienne Picon began her career in the Yiddish theatre at age 6 in her native Philadelphia. After Picon's New York debut at the Arch Street theatre in 1912, she ascended to stardom with the Second Avenue Yiddish Stage, then toured vaudeville in an act called The Four Seasons. Such was her popularity in the 1920s that many of her stage vehicles had the name "Molly" incorporated in their titles; in 1931, she opened a theatre bearing her name. In films from the silent era, Molly is most fondly remembered for her Yiddish-language vehicles of the 1930s. Her all-time best feature was 1936's Yidl with the Fiddle, a captivating musical directed on location in Poland by Joseph Green; Molly was never more charming than as the itinerant Jewish musician who disguises herself as a boy to fend off unwanted male advances. Back in the U.S. when war broke out, Picon made her English-language stage debut in 1940. She alternated between the Yiddish and "mainstream" stage throughout the 1950s and 1960s; on Broadway, she starred in Neil Simon's first play Come Blow Your Horn and in the 1961 musical Milk and Honey. It was in the film version of Come Blow Your Horn that Picon first spoke English on the big screen (she had previously made several delightful TV appearances, notably in the recurring role of unflappable Bronx widow Mrs. Bronson on Car 54, Where are You?) Among her very few film roles of the 1970s was Yente the Matchmaker in 1971's Fiddler on the Roof. The widow of Yiddish stage star Jacob Adler (who had been one of her first theatrical directors), Molly Picon summed up her life, work and philosophy in her two volumes of memoirs, So Laugh a Little and The Sound of Laughter.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Fiddler on the Roof Sing-a-Long
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • Actor
2005
13% Cannonball Run II
  • Mrs. Goldfarb
1984
No Score Yet Grandma Didn't Wave Back
  • Actor
1984
30% The Cannonball Run
  • Mom Goldfarb
1981
No Score Yet Murder on Flight 502
  • Actor
1975
57% For Pete's Sake
  • Mrs. Cherry
1974
81% Fiddler on the Roof
  • Yente
1971
No Score Yet The Golden Age of 2nd Avenue
  • Actor
1969
83% Come Blow Your Horn
  • Mrs. Sophie Baker
1963
No Score Yet A Brivele der Mamen (A Letter to Mother) (Little Letter to Mama) (The Eternal Song)
  • Khavtshi Samet/Mamale
1939
No Score Yet Mamele (Little Mother)
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Yidl Mitn Fidl
  • Yiddle
1936
No Score Yet Yidl With a Fiddle
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet East and West (Ost und West)
  • Mollie
1923

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Appearing
The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • Grandma

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