Masha Leon


Yiddish Writers Murdered By Stalin Honored

By Masha Leon

Yiddish Writers Murdered By Stalin Honored
The August 12, 1952 murder of Soviet Yiddish writers was commemorated at this year’s August 12 memorial held at the Center for Jewish History.Read More


A Holocaust Keyboard Memoir

By Masha Leon

A Holocaust Keyboard Memoir
When it comes to Holocaust-inspired memoirs, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” which had its New York premiere at the 59E59 Theatre, is in a class all by itself.Read More


Lauren Bacall Remembered — On And Off Screen

By Masha Leon

Lauren Bacall Remembered — On And Off Screen
Actress Lauren Bacall, who died on August 13 at 89, was an early presence in my life. As a pre-teen in 1944 Montreal I saw Bacall (nee Betty Perske) in “To Have and To Hold” never dreaming that she would one day grace my columns in The Forward!Read More


Remembering Israeli Movie Mogul Menahem Golan

By Masha Leon

Remembering Israeli Movie Mogul Menahem Golan
Menahem Golan, the flamboyant Israeli film producer who died at age 85 on August 8 in Jaffa, had more than 200 films to his credit. Along with his cousin Yoram Globus, the Golan-Globus partnership out-Hollywooded Hollywood with such international blockbusters as “Death Wish II” and “Delta Force“ starring Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Lanie Kazan and Shelly Winters, with Golan as co-writer and director. When I met Golan at a November 19, 1986 private reception at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel following the kick-off gala dinner of the fourth annual Israel Film Festival, Golan-Globus owned 600 movie screens in Europe, including 40% of the market in Britain. Their next ambitious and expensive project at that time was the $24 million “Superman IV.”Read More


Stephen Schwartz, of 'Wicked' Fame, A Hit at 54 Below

By Masha Leon

Stephen Schwartz, of 'Wicked' Fame, A Hit at 54 Below
Stephen Schwartz, the only songwriter in Broadway history with three shows — “Wicked,” “Pippin” and “The Magic Show”— to have run more than 1900 performances on Broadway, was center stage (and at the piano) at the August 3 “Conversation with Music” at 54 Below - Broadway’s Supper Club.Read More






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