Tucker, Sophie, 1884-1966

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1884-01-13
Death 1966-02-09
Americans

Biographical notes:

Entertainer, of New York, N.Y., and Hollywood, Calif.

From the description of Papers, 1911-1966. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70941582

Sophie Tucker (1884-1966) was a Russian-born popular American entertainer. She gained fame as a performer in vaudeville and burlesque in the World War I era, and continued her career for many years in nightclubs, films, radio and television.

From the guide to the Sophie Tucker autobiographical writings, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Sophie Tucker (b. Jan 13, 1884; d. Feb. 9, 1966) was a Russian born popular American entertainer. She began her career as a singer in her father's Connecticut restaurant, and then went on to sing in English music halls, vaudeville, and burlesque. She gained fame during World War I, and continued her career for many years in nightclubs, films, radio, and television. Some of these days was her theme song.

From the description of Sophie Tucker private recordings collection [sound recording], 1925-1953. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 79467991

Singer.

From the description of Autograph title page signed, dated : [New York?], to Edith Tauzer, Nov 1/53, 1953 Nov. 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270920964

Sophie Tucker (1/13/1884-2/9/1966) was a Russian born popular American entertainer. She began her career as a singer in her father's Connecticut restaurant, and then went on to sing in English music halls, vaudeville, and burlesque. She gained fame during World War I, and continued her career for many years in nightclubs, films, radio and television. Some of these days was her theme song.

From the guide to the Sophie Tucker private recordings collection [sound recording], 1925-1953, (The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.)

Sophie Tucker (1884-1966) was a Russian-born popular American entertainer.

She gained fame as a performer in vaudeville and burlesque in the World War I era, and continued her career for many years in nightclubs, films, radio and television.

From the description of Sophie Tucker autobiographical writings. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 228868384

Sophia (or Sonia) Kalish-Abuza was born January 13, 1884 in transit between Russia and Poland. By the age of 10 she was already a singing waitress in her father's cafe in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1906 she moved to New York City to work at waitressing, then in burlesque, vaudeville and cabaret. Through an early marriage (the first of three), she acquired the name of "Tuck" which she later modified into the name "Tucker." She played a small part in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1909, which paved the way for more substantial exposure. In 1911 she made her first recordings, including her signature number, Some of these days . By the 1920s she had already proclaimed herself "the last of the red hot mamas" and frequently sung songs of a risqué nature.

In 1929 Sophie Tucker made her movie debut in the film Honky Tonk . She appeared in several more films up through 1944, as well as in various stage shows, cabarets, and on tour. Through television appearances in her later years such as the Ed Sullivan Show, she was able to maintain her stage presence, trading in the risqué songs for those commenting and reflecting on the nature of old age and youthful spirit.

Sophie Tucker died in New York City on February 9, 1966.

From the guide to the Sophie Tucker collection of performance material, 19--, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

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Subjects:

  • Popular music--1921-1930
  • Singers
  • Radio programs--musical
  • Entertainers
  • Popular music--1931-1940
  • Actors--Societies, etc
  • Entertainers--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc
  • Jews
  • Entertainers--United States
  • Singers--United States
  • Popular music--United States--1931-1940
  • Popular music--1941-1950
  • Popular music--United States--1941-1950
  • Popular music--1951-1960
  • Performing Arts
  • Popular music--United States--1921-1930
  • Popular music--United States--1951-1960

Occupations:

  • Women entertainers--United States
  • Jewish entertainers--United States

Places:

  • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) (as recorded)
  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)
  • California--Los Angeles (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)