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Sophie Tucker

Biography

Vaudeville comedienne whose nickname was The Last from the Crimson Hot Mamas due to her noisy and boisterous performances of risqué music. She sang in her family’s cafe, making profits through guidelines. She sang music like “No one Loves a Unwanted fat Gal, But Oh What sort of Fat Gal Can Appreciate” and “I Don’t Desire to be Thin.” She wedded Louis Tuck in 1903, after that Frank Westphal in 1914, and Al Lackey in 1928. She and Louise Dresser had been both vaudeville performers.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sophie Tucker
Date Of Birth January 13, 1887
Died February 9, 1966, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Tulchyn, Ukraine
Profession Stage Actress
Nationality American, Ukrainian, Russian, Some of These Days, Red Hot Mama, The Man I Love
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1Profiled in book "Funny Ladies" by Stephen Silverman. [1999]
2Referred to jokingly as "our favorite American group" by Paul McCartney, during a 1963 televised performance by The Beatles.
3Increasingly known for her philanthropy, Tucker's favorite charities targeted youth centers, a high school wing in Israel, the Theater Arts program at Brandeis University, a maternity clinic at Denver's General Rose Memorial Hospital, and Hartford's Emmanuel Synagogue. In 1955 Tucker raised almost one million dollars in a benefit performance on behalf of the Hebrew Old People's Home.
4She beat Marlene Dietrich to the punch by creating a national scandal when she introduced pants to the U.S.
5Another ribald entertainer, Bette Midler, was greatly influenced by Sophie and shamelessly borrowed many of her more risqué jokes for her own highly successful nightclub acts and big forum concerts in the 1970s.
6She married and divorced three times. She married first husband Louis Tuck while in her hometown as a teen; her second husband, Frank Westphal, was her pianist at the time; and third husband Al Lackey was a fan who turned into her business manager. It led to her promise in the song "I'm Living Alone": "There isn't going to be a fourth Mr. Ex / and I'll be darned if I'm paying anymore alimony checks / I'm living alone and I like it!"
7According to Michael Rogin's book, "Blackface, White Noise: Jewish Immigrants and the Hollywood Melting Pot," Sophie Tucker, originally billed as the "World Renowned Coon Shouter," subsequently was given the sobriquet "Queen of Jazz."
8Durable singer and occasional actress whose career spanned more than six decades. A formidable lady both personally and as a singer, posessed of a clear alto voice and saucy wit, her theme song and biggest hit was "Some of These Days," but she also introduced such standards as "M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)" and "My Yiddishe Momma."


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Joker Is Wild1957Sophie Tucker
All Star Revue1952-1953TV SeriesGuest Actress / Vocalist
Sensations of 19451944Sophie Tucker
Follow the Boys1944Sophie Tucker
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry1937Mother Ralph
Broadway Melody of 19381937Alice Clayton
Gay Love1934Sophie Tucker - Singer
Honky Tonk1929Sophie Leonard
A Social Sleuth1920Short

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Great Gatsby2013performer: "Where The Wind Blows"
Boardwalk Empire2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical2008Video documentary performer: "Some of These Days" - uncredited
Cold Case2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Good Neighbors1975TV Series performer - 1 episode
Flesh1968performer: "Makin' Wicky Wacky Down in Waikiki"
Follow the Boys1944performer: "The Bigger the Army and the Navy", "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited
For Me and My Gal1942performer: "Some of These Days" 1910 - uncredited
Broadway Melody of 19381937performer: "Everybody Sing" 1937, "Some of These Days" 1910, "Your Broadway and My Broadway" 1937 - uncredited
Honky Tonk1929performer: "I'm the Last of the Red Hot Mamas", "Some of These Days" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ed Sullivan Show1951-1965TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Singer
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1964TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The Celebrity Game1964TV SeriesHerself
Blackpool Night Out1964TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1957-1963TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
The 16th Annual Tony Awards1962TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1959TV SeriesHerself
The Jerry Lewis Show1958TV SpecialHerself
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z1957TV SeriesHerself
Washington Square1957TV SeriesHerself
The Heart of Show Business1957ShortHerself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1957TV SeriesHerself
Person to Person1955TV Series documentaryHerself
Texaco Star Theatre1955TV SeriesHerself - Singer
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHerself
This Is Your Life1954TV SeriesHerself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Great Entertainers1953ShortHerself
All Star Revue1951TV SeriesHerself - Guest Vocalist
Screen Snapshots: The Great Showman1950ShortHerself
The Candid Camera Story (Very Candid) of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures 1937 Convention1937Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Starlight1936TV SeriesHerself
Some Mind Reader1920ShortHerself - Cameo Appearance

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Outrageous Sophie Tucker2014DocumentaryHerself
A Star Is Born: Special Features2010Video
Making Trouble2007DocumentaryHerself
On Show: Two Ton Tessie2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Great Performances2003-2005TV SeriesHerself
The Nightclub Years2001TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Rat Pack1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Judy Garland's Hollywood1997Video documentary
The Real Las Vegas1996TV Series documentaryHerself
Paul Merton's Palladium Story1994TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Turns1984TV Series documentary
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Ain't Misbehavin'1974Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show1958-1963TV SeriesHerself - Singer: 1956 Duet / Herself
Broadway Highlights No. 11935ShortFilm Clip Character
Kidnapped by the Mob2016ShortHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6321 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Quote
1Success in show business depends on your ability to make and keep friends.
2I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, honey, rich is better.
3From birth to age 18, a girl needs good parents, from 18 to 35 she needs good looks, from 35 to 55 she needs a good personality, and from 55 on she needs cash.


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