Eleanor Allina Epstein

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Eleanor Allina Epstein
picture from 1909
Biographical information
Born: June 12, 1889 in Bohemia
Died: May 17, 1973 in Miami
Nationality: Mini usa.gif American

Eleanor Allina Epstein (born Olga Allina) is the daughter of Edward and Rosa Allina.


Olga Eleanor was two years old when the family moved[1] from Bohemia to St Louis, USA. During childhood she was known as Ella and later became involved in the "B'nai-El Young People's Aid Society (B.E.Y.P.A.S.)", a charity organization formed for the purpose of aiding the B'nai-El Congregation with the new B'nai-El Temple. The society arranged several annual programs such as: euchre and hop, outing, show dance, Thanksgiving ball and on. In the fall of 1908, she was appointed[2] Finance Secretary in the society.

On April 14, 1909, B.E.Y.P.A.S. did put up[3] the romantic musical comedy "Mary the Widow" by Arnold Loewenstein. Benjamin B. Gross played the part of Stanley Raymond, and Ella was part of the supporting chorus of thirty voices.

Ella and Benjamin married and their son, Leon Harrison was born in on April 28, 1911. He was named[4] after his godfather, Rabbi Dr. Leon Harrison (1860-1928). Ella and Benjamin divorced and in 1913 she married Albert Falk Epstein and their son Leslie was born in 1915.

Behind the scenes

Eleanor Allina's name[footnotes 1] has been used for several characters in the Mandrake strips:


  1. Lee Falk had a stepsister, Ailine (also written Aileen and Arleen) (1907-2004 - daughter of Albert F. Epstein and Eleda Bacharach), which may have been inspiration for the names Alina and Aleena.


  1. New York, Passenger and Crew Lists, S.S. Aller May 16, 1892
  2. "Local", The Jewish Voice (St. Louis, Missouri), 16 Oct 1908, p 2
  3. "Mary the Widow", The Jewish Voice (St. Louis, Missouri), 09 Apr 1909, p 6
  4. "Local", The Jewish Voice (St. Louis, Missouri), 05 May 1911, p 2