TUCKER, SOPHIE


TUCKER, SOPHIE
TUCKER, SOPHIE (née Kalish; 1884–1966), vaudeville artiste. Tucker was taken as a baby from Russia to the United States. As a child in Hartford, Connecticut, she worked in her parents' kosher restaurant and rooming house, which catered to many show business professionals and stars of the Yiddish theater. She got her start in the profession by singing her heart out to the celebrated customers. Going to New York in 1906, she played the lesser vaudeville circuits, but by 1915 she was topping the bill at the Palace Theater. She toured frequently and presented her act in English and in Yiddish. Known as the "Last of the Red-Hot Mamas," she was described as "big, brassy, flamboyant, laughing and crying, if need be, so that audiences were swept up in an irresistible torrent of lush sentiment." Among her best-known songs were "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," "M-O-T-H-E-R," and "I'm the Last of the Red-Hot Mamas." The audience favorite in the U.S. and Europe was "My Yiddishe Momma," written in 1925 by Jack Yellen. After Hitler came to power in Germany, it was decreed that her recordings of that song were to be destroyed, and it was forbidden to sell them. Tucker's signature song was "Some of These Days," written in 1910 by Shelton Brooks, to which she purchased the excusive rights to sing. Tucker appeared on Broadway in Lulu's Husbands (1910); Earl Carroll's Vanities (1924); Leave It to Me (1938); and High Kickers (1941). She also appeared in several films, among them Honky Tonk (1929); Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937); Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937); The Heart of Show Business (1937); and Follow the Boys (1944). In the 1950s and 1960s she was a frequent guest singer on Ed Sullivan's TV variety show Toast of the Town. The Sophie Tucker Foundation, which she established in 1945, distributed millions of dollars to various charities. In 1955 she endowed a theater arts chair at Brandeis University. She also set up two youth centers in Israel bearing her name – the Sophie Tucker Youth Center in Bet Shemesh and a youth center in kibbutz Be'eri in the Negev. In 1962 she sponsored the Sophie Tucker Forest near the Bet Shemesh amphitheater as well as funding many hospitals and homes for the aged. Her autobiography, Some of These Days, appeared in 1945. The 1963 Broadway musical Sophie, written by Phillip Pruneau with music by Steve Allen, was based on the early years of Tucker's career. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: M. Freedland, Sophie: The Sophie Tucker Story (1978); A. Fields, Sophie Tucker: First Lady of Show Business (2003). (Lee Healey / Ruth Beloff (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Tucker,Sophie — Tucker, Sophie. 1884 1966. Russian born American entertainer known for her flamboyant vaudeville performances and her signature tune, “Some of These Days.” * * * …   Universalium

  • Tucker, Sophie — ▪ American singer original name  Sophie Kalish , also called  Sophie Abuza  born Jan. 13, 1884, Russia died Feb. 9, 1966, New York, N.Y., U.S.       American singer whose 62 year stage career included American burlesque, vaudeville, and nightclub …   Universalium

  • Tucker, Sophie — (1884–1966)    US entertainer. Buxom and sentimental, Sophie Tucker became famous in Yiddish and English vaudeville as the ‘last of the red hot mamas’. Her best known numbers were My Yiddishe Momma and Some of these Days. She devoted her fortune… …   Who’s Who in Jewish History after the period of the Old Testament

  • Tucker, Sophie — (1889 1966)    American entertainer. She was born in Russia, and went to the US as a child. The songs for which she was known included My Yidishe Momma …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Tucker (surname) — Tucker is a surname.Derivation of nameThe origin of the name is not entirely sure, but since it has a long history as a surname on both the continent as in England and from thereon also in the United States it presumably has the same Saxon roots …   Wikipedia

  • Sophie Tucker — 1917 Sophie Tucker (* 13. Januar 1884 in Russland; † 9. Februar 1966 in New York City; gebürtig Sophia Kalish) war eine US amerikanische Komödiantin und Sängerin. Sie war eine erfolgreiche Entertainerin in den Vereinigten Staaten im ersten… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tucker — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Abi Tucker (* 1973 als Abigail Anne Tucker), australische Schauspielerin und Rocksängerin Albert William Tucker (1905–1995), US amerikanischer Mathematiker Audrey Tucker (* um 1957), australische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Sophie Heathcote — Nombre real Sophie Heathcote Nacimiento 25 de diciembre de 1972 Melbourne, Australia Fallecimiento 4 de enero de 2006 (36 años) Connecticut, USA Pareja Chris Clarke (2000 2006) (viudo) …   Wikipedia Español

  • Sophie Aldred — (* 20. August 1962 in Greenwich, London) ist eine britische Schauspielerin und Fernsehmoderatorin. Ihre bekannteste Rolle ist die der Begleiterin Ace in Doctor Who. Aldred wurde in Greenwich, London, geboren, wuchs aber in Blackheath auf. Sie …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Sophie Tucker — Infobox musical artist Name = Sophie Tucker Img capt = Sophie Tucker, 1917 Img size = 200 Landscape = Background = solo singer Birth name = Sonia Kalish Alias = Born = January 13, 1884 Died = February 9, 1966 Origin = Czarist Russia Instrument =… …   Wikipedia


We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.