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Rita Karin

Highest Rated: 86% The Big Fix (1978)

Lowest Rated: 31% He Said, She Said (1991)

Birthday: Oct 24, 1919

Birthplace: Wilno, Poland

The daughter of victims of the Holocaust, Karin trained at the Moscow State Jewish Theater during WWII and began performing after the war with her husband, Norbert Horowitz, in a traveling Yiddish theater they created for Holocaust survivors. She immigrated to the US in 1949 and enjoyed a successful career in New York's Yiddish theater scene, later expanding to Broadway and off-Broadway in shows including "The Wall," "Yentl," "A Call on Kuprin," "Scuba Duba" and "The House of Blue Leaves." Karin also made intermittent feature film appearances beginning the 1970s; her most memorable roles include the boisterous landlady, Yetta Zimmerman, in "Sophie's Choice" (1983) and Mrs. Schreier in "Enemies: A Love Story" (1991). Her TV roles include a stint as Jackie Mason's mother on the ABC sitcom, "Chicken Soup." Karin also distinguished herself as a reader of the works of Sholom Aleichem, and performed them annually on the anniversary of the noted author's death.

Highest Rated Movies



31% 34% He Said, She Said Mrs. Spepk (Character) $8.7M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Age Isn't Everything Unknown (Character) - 1991
85% 52% Enemies, a Love Story Mrs. Schreier (Character) $7.8M 1989
78% 85% Sophie's Choice Yetta (Character) - 1982
86% 51% The Big Fix Aunt Sonya (Character) - 1978


No Score Yet No Score Yet Kate & Allie Unknown (Guest Star) 1984


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