Friday, July 22, 1966-31
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Luba Lisa, the Star at Act 1Y, Was
Star Pupil of. Crown Heights Yeshiva
By MAL ABRAMS
IheilDALOVES *BARBARA LEWIS
Baby I'm Yours"
*LIT SOUL BROTHERS*
CHOKER CAMPBELL and his ORCHESTRA
Wherever there's action, there's
DANA ANDREWS-JANE RUSSELL
Luba Freda Sonny Gootnick's
theatrical career started at age 6
when she sang, "If I Knew You
Were Coming I'd Have Baked a
Cake," on the stage of the Crown
Heights Yeshiva in Brooklyn.
Her astonished and pleased He-
brew teacher phoned Mrs. Goot-
nick and announced her Luba
was another Sarah Bernhardt.
She may be right yet !
Luba Gootnick, now Luba Lisa,
opened Tuesday night at the
Act IV. Among her enthusiastic
audience were Ethel Merman,
Dame Judith Anderson, Eileen
Rodgers and Bert Lahr.
After graduating from the Yes-
hiva, on the advice of her teach-
ers Miss Lisa attended the High
School of the Performing Arts and
later wan a scholarship to the
American Theatridal Wing in New
Since that time she has appeared
in "I Had A Ball" with Buddy
Hackett, "I Can Get It Far You
Wholesale" with Barbra Strei-
sand, "Carnival," "West Side
Story" and numerous other shows.
Miss Lisa is a regular on the
Johny Carson program and has
done much local television work
in New York.
At the conclusion of her Act
Iv engagement she will star
with Liza Minelli in a touring
company of "Pajama Game."
Despite all the hustle and bustle
of her rapidly rising career Miss
Lisa has not forgotten her lessons
at the Yeshiva nor her Orthodox
upbringing. She considers herself
"a very religious person" and
attends synagogue as often as
often as possible while on the
road. "I love my business and I
love my religion as well" was the
way Luba Lisa put it.
Miss Lisa was born in Brooklyn,
the daughter of Louis Gootnick, a
high school teacher, and his Ger-
man-born wife Esther. She has
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a brother David who attended
medical school at Queens Univer-
sity and is now doing post-grad-
uate work at Northeastern Uni-
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brotherhood meeting for July 29
at which plans will be considered
to create a Somers human rela-
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The synagogue was smeared with
swastikas, obscene epithets, and
the words "Hitler Forever" and
"Nazi Youth of America." Six
months ago, vandals broke sev-
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