Sophie Tucker: First Lady of Show Business / Edition 2

Sophie Tucker: First Lady of Show Business / Edition 2

by Armond Fields
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786415770

ISBN-13: 9780786415779

Pub. Date: 05/08/2003

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Sophie Tucker appeared in only seven American stage musicals and appeared only twice on Broadway but, then, it was difficult to cast her in a show. A buxom and ebullient performer, she—and her audiences—quickly found that playing herself was most effective.

This is a biography of a vaudeville and cabaret performer who saw herself as one of the first

Overview

Sophie Tucker appeared in only seven American stage musicals and appeared only twice on Broadway but, then, it was difficult to cast her in a show. A buxom and ebullient performer, she—and her audiences—quickly found that playing herself was most effective.

This is a biography of a vaudeville and cabaret performer who saw herself as one of the first liberated women and one of the last "red hot mamas." It tells the story of her birth as her mother traveled to Boston from Russia, her childhood in Boston, and her first public performance at Poli's Vaudeville Theatre at the age of 13. It also tells the story of her troubled marriage to Louis Tuck and the birth of their son, her meeting with Willie Howard, a vaudeville veteran who encouraged her to go to New York and pursue a stage career, her discovery by Flo Ziegfeld (of the Ziegfeld Follies), and her rise to headliner status under the guidance of her agent William Morris. She was best known for appearing on stage with just a piano player, and openly discussing her life and Jewish upbringing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786415779
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/08/2003
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsv
Introduction1
1.Welcome to America7
2.Breaking In18
3.The Mary Garden of Ragtime32
4.The Mary Garden of Ragtime (2)44
5.Vaudeville Stardom55
6.Celebrating Cabarets71
7.Risky Business85
8.At the Top of Her Game102
9.Burning Up the Boards123
10.Honky Tonk136
11.Escape to London148
12.Looking Back Over Her Shoulder164
13.The Labor Union Blues184
14.Fast Becoming a Legend194
15.The Glory Years210
16.A Fabulous Character227
Epilogue246
Notes251
Selected Bibliography and Source Material255
Index259

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