Molly Picon (1898–1992)

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Barely 5' tall, the little "yente" with the big, expressive talent and mischievous twinkle in her eye, Yiddish icon Molly Picon, entertained theater, radio, TV and film audiences for over seven decades. Born Malka Opiekun to Polish-Jewish parents in New York on February 28, 1898, she would gradually assist in popularizing the Yiddish culture into ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Cannonball Run Mom Goldfarb
Yidl mitn fidl Itke aka Judel
Mamele Khavtshi Samet aka Mamele


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 1984 Young People's Specials (TV Series)
- Grandma Didn't Wave Back (1984) ... Grandma
 1984 Cannonball Run II
Mrs. Goldfarb
 1981-1984 The Facts of Life (TV Series)
Grandma Mona
- A Death in the Family (1984) ... Grandma Mona
- From Russia with Love (1981) ... Grandma Mona
 1981 The Cannonball Run
Mom Goldfarb
 1980 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Sally Needleman
- If You Can't Stand the Heat (1980) ... Sally Needleman
 1979 That's Life
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
Mother Mishkin
- Mother Mishkin (1978) ... Mother Mishkin
 1975 Murder on Flight 502 (TV Movie)
Ida Goldman
 1974 For Pete's Sake
Mrs. Cherry
 1971 Fiddler on the Roof
 1970 Somerset (TV Series)
Sarah Briskin #1 (1975)
 1969 My Friend Tony (TV Series)
- Molly (1969)
 1968 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series)
Molly Gordon
- A Little Chicken Soup Wouldn't Hurt (1968) ... Molly Gordon
 1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Ida Forman
- The Eleventh Commandment (1963) ... Ida Forman
 1963 Come Blow Your Horn
Sophie Baker
 1961-1963 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Mrs. Rachel Bronson / Mrs. Bronson
- Joan Crawford Didn't Say No (1963) ... Mrs. Rachel Bronson
- Occupancy, August 1st (1962) ... Mrs. Rachel Bronson
- I Won't Go (1961) ... Mrs. Bronson
 1960 A Majority of One (TV Movie)
Mrs. Jacoby
 1959 Startime (TV Series)
Sarah Rabinowitz
- The Jazz Singer (1959) ... Sarah Rabinowitz
 1948 The Naked City
Soda-Selling Shopkeeper (uncredited)
 1938 Mamele
Khavtshi Samet aka Mamele
 1937 Let's Make a Night of It
Specialty Act (uncredited)
 1936 Yidl mitn fidl
Itke aka Judel
 1929 Molly Picon (Short)
Various roles
 1923 Good Luck
Mollie (as Maly Picon)
 1922 Hütet eure Töchter (as Maly Picon)
 1921 Das Judenmädel (Short) (as Maly Picon)
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Other Works:

She acted in Jerry Herman's musical, "Milk and Honey," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey with William Chapman in the cast. Burry Fredrik was director. See more »

Alternate Names:

Maly Picon


5' (1.52 m)


Jacob Kalich  (his death)

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Her first major Anglophonic role in the movies was in the film version of Come Blow Your Horn (1963), with Frank Sinatra. See more »

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