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Miriam Bernstein-Cohen

Hebrew: מרים ברנשטיין -כהן
Birthdate: (95)
Birthplace: Chisinau, Moldova
Death: April 4, 1991 (95)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Dr. Jacob Bernstein-Kogan and Dvorah Leah Bernstein-Kogan
Wife of Michael Eliyahu Gur
Ex-wife of Aaron Hirsch (Keeper) and 1st husband of Miriam Bernstein-Cohen
Mother of David Bernstein-Cohen and Aviva Gur-Shilo
Sister of Sarah Bernstein-Cohen and Rachel Bernstein-Kogan

Occupation: Israeli actress
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About Miriam Bernstein-Cohen

Miriam Bernstein-Cohen (Russian: Мария Яковлевна Бернштейн-Коган Hebrew: מרים ברנשטיין-כהן‎), 1895-1991, was an Israeli actress, director, poet and translator. Born in Kishinev, Russian Empire, (now part of Moldova) she spent parts of her childhood in Kharkov and Palestine. A medical doctor by training and early career, her interest in theater took her to drama school as well and led to her involvement in acting. She studied with Constantin Stanislavsky in Moscow in 1918 before returning to Moldova as an actress, working under the name Maria Alexandrova. She later relocated to Tel Aviv to join the first professional theater company in Palestine. In 1925, she founded the first Hebrew-language periodical in Palestine dedicated to theater, Te'atron ve-Omanut.

In 1975, Bernstein-Cohen was awarded the Israel Prize, for theatre.


Michael P. Vinegrad adds:

According to http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/bernstein-cohen-miriam she married three times: first in 1917 to a lawyer seventeen years her senior, a marriage that did not last long. Her second marriage was to Aaron Hirsch (Kipper), an actor she met in a theater company in Bessarabia. They married in 1921 in Italy on their way to Palestine, where her son David was born the same year. They divorced in 1926. Her third marriage was to Michael Gor, probably in 1929 in Tukums, Latvia, and they reaffirmed it in 1938 in Palestine. Their daughter Aviva, who also acted at the Cameri Theatre, was born in 1933 in Riga.

Bernstein-Cohen was awarded many prizes, among them the Israel Prize for Theater (1975) and the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality’s Theater Arts Prize (1969), with which she established a scholarship fund for young actors in memory of Michael Gor. She also won literary prizes. .

Her son David was married to Edna Amorai, MPV's first cousin once removed.

About מרים ברנשטיין -כהן (עברית)

ויקיפדיה: מרים ברנשטיין-כהן (14 בדצמבר 1895, קישינב – 4 באפריל 1991, כ' בניסן תשנ"א, תל אביב) שחקנית תיאטרון הקאמרי, במאית, סופרת, משוררת, מתרגמת, מרצה, מורה למשחק והיגוי, הייתה השחקנית המקצועית הראשונה בארץ ישראל, כלת פרס ישראל, יקירת העיר תל אביב ומראשונות צוותא, בתו של יעקב ברנשטיין-כהן

מרים ברנשטיין-כהן הצטרפה לתיאטרון הקאמרי, בו שחקו בהמשך גם בעלה מיכאל גור, בתה אביבה גור ובעלה של אביבה, שהגיע מהבימה לקאמרי, יצחק מיכאל שילה

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Miriam Bernstein-Cohen's Timeline

December 14, 1895
Chisinau, Moldova
December 5, 1921
Age 25
April 4, 1933
Age 37
Rīga, Rīgas pilsēta, Rīgas pilsēta, Latvia
April 4, 1991
Age 95
Tel Aviv, Israel