Sophie Tucker: First Lady of Show Business / Edition 2

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Overview

In 1906, armed only with the names of several Tin Pan Alley songwriters and encouragement from friends, Sophie Tucker arrived in New York to seek a career on the popular stage. This young, ambitious orthodox Jewish immigrant would come to personify the American Dream and gain international fame in a career spanning sixty years. This is a biography of a vaudeville and cabaret performer who saw herself as one of the first liberated women and the "Last of the Red Hot Mammas." 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 recounts 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, her rise to headliner status under the guidance of her agent William Morris, and her work in films.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786415779
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/8/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,033,328
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Armond Fields was a social historian specializing in American popular theater. The author of numerous books about vaudeville and other early theater figures, he lived in Culver City, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction 1
1. Welcome to America 7
2. Breaking In 18
3. The Mary Garden of Ragtime 32
4. The Mary Garden of Ragtime (2) 44
5. Vaudeville Stardom 55
6. Celebrating Cabarets 71
7. Risky Business 85
8. At the Top of Her Game 102
9. Burning Up the Boards 123
10. Honky Tonk 136
11. Escape to London 148
12. Looking Back Over Her Shoulder 164
13. The Labor Union Blues 184
14. Fast Becoming a Legend 194
15. The Glory Years 210
16. A Fabulous Character 227
Epilogue 246
Notes 251
Selected Bibliography and Source Material 255
Index 259
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2003

    Facts, But That's All

    This book was terribly disappointing to me and it was pricy. Although it explains the facts of Sophie's life and career (although they sometimes seem not to 'jive'), it gives very little insight into the 'why' or what she thought or felt. It seemed the book was authored simply by transcribing old newspaper information, and especially reviews (perhaps every blurb ever printed). Yes, we know the papers thought she was great. I had to force myself to finish. A 'page turner' or insightful, it's not.

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