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Karp, Max and Sophie

KARP, MAX and SOPHIE, Yiddish actors. Max Karp (1856–1898) joined A. *Goldfaden's company in Odessa. In 1883 he went to London where he married Sophie (Sarah) Goldstein, also a member of the Goldfaden company, the first professional Yiddish actress. After appearances in England, the Karps went to New York in 1888, and appeared in operettas and melodramas. Karp organized the Schiller Dramatic Society (1890). A collection of his poetry was published under the title Fun Oriental Teater. Sophie Karp popularized Hurwitz and Sandler's song, "Eli, Eli."

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.