Tillie Edelstein, known to the world as Gertrude Berg, was a Jewish-American star and writer of radio, stage, and television shows. She was born on October 3, 1899, in East Harlem, New York.
Her career started while she was growing up in the Catskills Mountains, where she would entertain the guests at the Fleischmann resort her parents managed. As an adult, her career took off from the radio show called The Rise of the Goldbergs (1929-1946), in which she played a Jewish mother. Some of her other productions were her play Me and Molly (1948) and television show The Goldbergs (1949). She became one of the first women to forge the way for classic radio shows. During her career, she won a Tony Award and an Emmy Award for her extraordinary work as a leading actress.
She died on September 14, 1966, in New York City, and is buried in Clovesville Cemetery, Delaware County, New York.