Collection RC0722 - Ghizi Kirshen-Ijaky collection

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Ghizi Kirshen-Ijaky collection

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  • 1963-1972 (Creation)

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6 cm of textual records and graphic material
3 col. photographs
23 b&w photographs

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Ghizi Kirshen-Baras, an actress, was born in Romania in 1935. She graduated from the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Bucharest. In 1962 she moved to Israel. She married ca. 1965 Joseph Ijaky, a painter and set designer. She was mainly a stage actress using her birth name and then her married name. She appeared in one short film, “Strange Holiday”, produced by the Women’s International Zionist Organization in Israel in 1963, using the name “Gisella Kirschen”. She died on 31 December 1971.

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Most of the collection is found in an album with the items either taped or pasted to the pages. The remainder is found loose. It consists of news clippings, in Romanian and Hebrew, documenting her career. There is one English language tear-sheet from the Wizo Review about the film “Strange Holiday” as well as one English language review of the play “The Jolly Pauper” staged in Montreal in 1969 where she played the role of a young boy. The collection also contains programmes, including one signed by Grigore Vasiliu Birlic, one of the greatest Romanian actors. There are also photographs, mainly publicity ones of Ghizi, although there are some family snap shots as well. There are two photographs of her gravestone. Finally, there is a handwritten, undated, unsigned poem in Romanian, “Maicute mes” [My Mother].

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The collection (48-2011) was acquired from Morris Norman in 2011.


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