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Tovah Feldshuh Shines at the Last Oral History Program of the Season

Tovah Feldshuh met up with theater critic Linda Winer at the LPTW Oral History series, New York Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center — May 6, 2019, for an intimate conversation with League members and a standing room only audience.

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photo by Xanthe Elbrick

“When I asked my mother if I could go to Julliard, she said ‘You’re not going to a trade school!'”


Photo by Xanthe Elbrick


“I don’t believe in retirement…. You have to live for a purpose beyond yourself.”


Tovah Feldshuh is a six-time Emmy & Tony nominee and has been awarded three honorary Doctorates of Human Letters. Additionally, for her theatre work, she has won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, three Drama Leagues, the Helen Hayes and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Actress, the Obie, and the Theatre World Awards. On Broadway: Yentil, Sarava!!, Lend Me a Tenor, Golda’s Balcony, Irene’s Vow, Cyrano, Dreyfus in Rehearsal, Rodgers & Hart, and the show stopping trapeze-swinging Berthe in Pippin. Off Broadway: Dozens of productions playing everything from three queens of Henry VIII and Tallulah Bankhead to Yussel “The Muscle” Jacobs and nine Jews from birth to death in Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!

Ms. Feldshuh’s award-winning performance as Prime Minister Golda Meir in Golda’s Balcony has been made into a film entitled Golda’s Balcony The Film which won Best Picture at the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival and will be screened at 20 other festivals this year.

Her one-woman show Tovah is Leona! has just closed after two sold-out engagements in New York and is on its way to San Francisco and Feinstein’s at the Nikko. Feldshuh brings back the infamous Leona Helmsley direct from Purgatory to set the record straight and sing a few show tunes



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