Stella Adler

Stella Adler

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Stella Adler
Live: North side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Acting teacher
Born Feb. 10, 1901 in New York, NY
Died Dec. 21, 1992 in Los Angeles, CA

Stella Adler was an icon of drama and a mentor to actors whom Marlon Brando once called "not just a teacher of acting but of life."

Adler, a devotee of Konstantin Stanislavski, father of the dramatic concept called the Method, was among the last survivors of those few but significant experimental American theater groups that will continue to influence actors and playwrights into the next century and beyond.

Although she had been on stage since she was 4, appearing in her parents' Yiddish theater productions in New York, she did not become prominent until the 1930s as a member of the Group Theater co-founded by Lee Strasberg.

Dominated by the Russian Stanislavski's emphasis on inspiration from within, the Depression-era experimental company attracted some of the finest dramatic talents of its day, and they in turn passed their experiences on to Brando, Robert De Niro, Lee J. Cobb, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Geraldine Page and many more.

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