Molly Picon

Molly Picon

  • Highest Rated: 83% Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% Cannonball Run II (1984)
  • Birthday: Jun 1, 1898
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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

Box
Office

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
83% Fiddler on the Roof Yente 1971
No Score Yet The Golden Age of 2nd Avenue Actor 1969
75% 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

Year

No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Appearing
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
Grandma
  • 1984
  • 1981
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
Sally Needleman
  • 1980

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