Stella Adler (1901-1992) was an American actress, teacher, and director. She was born in New York City and began her acting career at a young age, making her Broadway debut in 1919. Adler studied with the famous acting teacher, Konstantin Stanislavski, and later became one of the most prominent members of the Group Theatre, a theater collective that sought to create socially conscious theater.
Adler appeared in many Broadway productions throughout the 1920s and 30s, including “Awake and Sing!” and “Paradise Lost.” In 1940, she made her Hollywood debut in the film “Golden Boy.”
Adler’s most notable contribution to the world of acting is her teaching method. After her retirement from acting in the early 1960s, Adler established the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, which became one of the most prestigious acting schools in the United States. She taught many famous actors, including Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Warren Beatty.
Adler’s approach to acting was heavily influenced by the work of Stanislavski and emphasized the importance of understanding the psychological motivations of a character. She also stressed the importance of an actor’s social and political responsibility, encouraging her students to use their craft to explore important issues and create meaningful art.
Stella Adler died in 1992 in New York City. Her legacy continues to live on through her teachings, her students and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.