Stella Adler Biography
(American Actress & Acting Teacher)
Birthday: February 10, 1901 (Aquarius)
Born In: New York City, New York, U.S.
American actress Stella Adler was one of the foremost influences on contemporary acting, who dedicated her life to understanding theatre. A prodigious child, acting ran in her blood and veins as she was born to Yiddish theatre actors, Jacob and Sarah Adler. Making her stage debut at the age of four, Stella Adler soon found her way to the top. She starred in numerous plays in her home production, Independent Yiddish Art Company and later on featured herself in Broadway and Hollywood as well. Interestingly, Adler was luckily the chosen few who got a chance to work with the legendary Russian actor and director, Konstantin Stanislavski. He was not only a major influence on her but changed her line of belief thus, exchanging method acting for emotional content. In 1949, she founded Stella Adler Studio of Acting. The aim behind the foundation was to impart the best of what she had learned at Yiddish Theatre, Broadway, Hollywood and Stanislavsky. She was instrumental in teaching famous personalities of the future including Marlon Brando, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Dolores del Río, Robert De Niro, Elaine Stritch, Martin Sheen, Manu Tupou, Harvey Keitel, Melanie Griffith, Peter Bogdanovich and Warren Beatty. Interestingly, even after more than half a century after its foundation, her teaching at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting has dominated the American acting till date.