Tucker, Sophie, 1884-1966

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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.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Kalich, Bertha, 1874-1939. Bertha Kalich papers, 1866-1955. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Antler, Joyce. Gypsy of the footlights [videorecording] : the personal and professional odyssey of Sophie Tucker / speaker : Joyce Antler. Brandeis University Library
creatorOf Tucker, Sophie, 1884-1966. Autograph title page signed, dated : [New York?], to Edith Tauzer, Nov 1/53, 1953 Nov. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Tucker, Sophie, 1884-1966. Sophie Tucker private recordings collection [sound recording], 1925-1953. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Ellen Van Volkenburg-Maurice Browne general correspondence, 1911- University of Michigan
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Fields, Armond, 1930-. Armond Fields American Theatre collection, 1856-2000 (bulk 1895-1925). University of Southern California, USC Libraries
referencedIn Edward V. and Alfred T. Darling papers, 1899-1952 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Bertha Kalich papers, 1866-1955 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Pentler, Harold. Harold and Elaine Pentler papers, 1926-2004. Milwaukee Jewish Historical Society
creatorOf Tucker, Sophie, 1884-1966. Sophie Tucker autobiographical writings. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Tucker, Sophie, 1884-1966. Papers, 1911-1966. American Jewish Archives
creatorOf Sophie Tucker autobiographical writings New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Sillman, Leonard. Leonard Sillman collection, 1923-1968. Boston University. School of Medicine
referencedIn Freuh, Alfred, 1880-1968. Alfred Freuh woodcuts cartoons, 1905-1925. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Darling family. Edward V. and Alfred T. Darling papers, 1899-1952. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. Song for Sophie / words and music by Irving Berlin. Library of Congress
referencedIn Chung, Margaret. Margaret Chung papers, 1933-1958 (bulk 1942-1944). UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Library Special Collections
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Armond Fields American Theatre collection, Bulk, 1895-1925, 1856-2000 USC Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf Sophie Tucker collection of performance material, 19-- The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Ellen Van Volkenburg-Maurice Browne general correspondence, 1911- University of Michigan
referencedIn Margaret Chung Papers, 1880-1958 (bulk 1942-1944 University of California, Berkeley. The Ethnic Studies Library.
creatorOf Kalich, Bertha, 1874-1939. Papers, 1882-1955. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Museum of the City of New York. Personality files, [ca. 1800]-1986, 1900-1986 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Sophie Tucker private recordings collection [sound recording], 1925-1953 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Roma, Rosa. Theatrical costume collection, 1900s. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
creatorOf Tucker, Sophie, 1884-1966. Correspondence with Morris Silverman, 1945-1965. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Ward Morehouse papers, 1877-1966, 1924-1966 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Leone Cass Baer photographs collection, 1910-1923 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Southern Folklife Collection Artist Name File, 1940-2005 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
referencedIn Baer, Leone Cass,. Leone Cass Baer photographs collection [graphic], 1910-1923. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
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associatedWith American Federation of Actors. corporateBody
associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith American Music Collection corporateBody
associatedWith Antler, Joyce. person
associatedWith Archie Gottler person
associatedWith Armbruster, Robert, 1896-1994 person
associatedWith Baer, Leone Cass, person
associatedWith Baer, Leone Cass, b. 1886 person
associatedWith Baker, Kenny, 1912- person
associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. person
associatedWith Bernie Adler person
associatedWith Bernie, Ben, 1891-1943. person
associatedWith Bert Peters person
associatedWith Billy Baskette person
associatedWith Billy Gaston person
associatedWith Brooks, Shelton person
associatedWith Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. person
associatedWith Burkhardt person
associatedWith Charlie Pierce person
associatedWith Chung, Margaret person
associatedWith Chung, Margaret. person
associatedWith Clarence M. Jones person
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
associatedWith Darling family family
associatedWith Darling family. family
associatedWith Effie Tyus person
associatedWith Eleanor Young person
associatedWith Ernest Breuer person
associatedWith Fershko, Shmuel person
associatedWith Fields, Armond, 1930- person
associatedWith Fred Strasser person
associatedWith Freuh, Alfred, 1880-1968. person
associatedWith Garland, Judy. person
associatedWith George Botsford person
associatedWith Gershwin, George person
associatedWith Jack Chapman person
associatedWith Jack Palmer person
associatedWith James F. Hanley person
associatedWith James White person
associatedWith Jean Herbert person
associatedWith Joe Burke person
associatedWith Joe Gold person
associatedWith Joel P. Corin person
associatedWith Kalich, Bertha, 1874-1939. person
associatedWith Lee, Robert E., 1918- person
associatedWith Leo Friedman person
associatedWith Lester, Jerry person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Marks, Sidney person
associatedWith Martin Broones person
associatedWith McHugh, Jimmy, 1894-1969 person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Milton Ager person
associatedWith Morehouse, Ward, 1898-1966 person
associatedWith Museum of the City of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Niles, Ken person
associatedWith Parsons, Louella person
associatedWith Raymond Egan person
associatedWith Roma, Rosa. person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
associatedWith Shapiro, Ted. person
correspondedWith Sillman, Leonard. person
associatedWith Silverman, Morris, 1894-1972. person
associatedWith Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998. person
associatedWith Tauzer, Edith, person
associatedWith Ted Lewis Orchestra corporateBody
associatedWith Ted Shapiro Orchestra corporateBody
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith Tommy Ferris person
associatedWith Welles, Orson, 1915-1985. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
New York (State)--New York
California--Los Angeles
United States
United States
United States
Subject
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
Occupation
Women entertainers--United States
Jewish entertainers--United States
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Birth 1884-01-13

Death 1966-02-09

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