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Luba K. Buloff, 99, Yiddish Theater Actress

May 25, 2006
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Luba Kadison Buloff, 99, an actress and leading lady in the Yiddish theater for more than 50 years, died May 4 at her home in Manhattan.

Billed as Luba Kadison, she played starring roles in works by the great playwrights of Yiddish theater, including I.J. Singer and Sholem Asch.

She often co-starred with her husband, Joseph Buloff, whom she met in Poland.

Born Dec. 14, 1906, in Lithuania, Buloff gained fame through her role as Leah in "The Dybbuk," a production by the Vilna Troupe, where her father, Leib Kadison, became a founder and the director.

Later, Buloff and her husband went to New York to join impresario Maurice Schwartz's Yiddish Art Theater on Second Avenue and 12th Street. She played opposite Stella Adler in Sholem Asch's "God of Vengeance"; Dina, the spoiled wife, in the "Brothers Ashkenazi," by I.J. Singer; and Malkeleh, a disturbed girl, in Singer's "Yoshe Kalb."

In one of her most famous performances, Buloff played Linda, Willy Loman's suffering wife, in the Yiddish production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," among many other roles, over the next 30 years.

In her later years, she served as an interpreter for Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union and as an acting teacher. She was also consulted by theater researchers.

On Stage, Off Stage: Memories of a Lifetime in the Yiddish Theater, written by Buloff and her husband with Irving Genn, was published in 1992 by the Judaica Division, Harvard College Library.

Buloff is survived by a daughter, Barbara Buloff. She was predeceased by her husband in 1985.

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