I am Sophie Tucker: A Fictional Memoir

I am Sophie Tucker: A Fictional Memoir

by Susan Ecker, Lloyd Ecker


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ISBN-13: 9781632260062
Publisher: Easton Studio Press, LLC
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

In 1973, Ithaca College students Susan Denner and Lloyd Ecker went on their first date to see an up-and-coming new singer named Bette Midler. Over the course of the evening, the couple fell in love with the Divine Miss M., her Sophie Tucker jokes, and each other.

Over the last forty years, the Eckers got married and had three children, and developed Babytobee. The sale of that business in 2006 allowed Sue and Lloyd to pursue their passion for bringing Sophie Tucker’s life to the page, stage, and screen.

With this book, the first in a trilogy about Sophie’s life, and a documentary already under their belts, the Eckers now intend to take Sophie's story to Broadway with a musical, to Hollywood with a film version of that musical, and to the small screen in a long running television drama based on her unbelievable sixty-year showbiz career.

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I am Sophie Tucker: A Fictional Memoir 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
PHILBAILEY More than 1 year ago
Pisser.  A great read. In telling the story of this larger than life woman the reader is taken on a ride through history.  Appreciation of the characters may be lost on younger readers as names such as Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson are likely meaningless but hopefully Thomas Edison and Samuel Clemens will have a familiar ring.  This reader never heard of (or do not remember) Sophie Tucker and in fact had to turn to google to see if such a character existed, and while I never attended or gave thought to Vaudeville I do remember many of the characters even if not a fan.  To each his own.  Were a reader completely unaware of any of the names, as if this was a completely fictional story it would still stand out as a great read.  Written in a style to keep the reader engaged, merging the tale of an immigrant family and their struggle and the daughter who broke away from the family and her own struggle to find fame and fortune. I would easily recommend this book to anyone and definitely to those in my age group (65+).
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Pixiedark1 More than 1 year ago
Sophie was like the Forrest Gump of the first half of the 1900s,” says co-author Susan Ecker. “She was close friends with seven presidents, King George VI, young Queen Elizabeth, Chaplin, J. Edgar, Capone, Garland, Jerry Lewis, Sinatra and every other notable of her era.” I am Sophie Tucker is a timeless memoir on a entertainment icon. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this awesome autobiography. Her life was amazing! Tucker tried to get her story published for nine years, without success. Undaunted, Sophie hired half a dozen ghostwriters, but she still had no takers for her no holds barred autobiography. Eventually, Doubleday published a sanitized version in 1945. “After immersing ourselves in Sophie’s papers and surviving friends,” says co-author Lloyd Ecker, “this initial volume is what should have been the actual autobiography of Tucker.” Though she obsessively documented her life, Sophie loved to exaggerate for dramatic effect. Over the years, she told multiple versions of each important event. At the end, not even Sophie knew the difference between truth and tall tale. “This volume is 85% fact,” Lloyd explains. “The other 15% …who knows?” I Am Sophie Tucker puts back all of the delicious bits nixed by Doubleday’s lawyers and throws in other Tucker show business dirt, intrigue, arrests, romance, murder, gangsters, and scandals. Now you can read it for yourself. This book is the first in a trilogy about Sophie Tucker. I can't wait to read more of Sophie's amazing tales! I received an ARC of this volume through NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An quick and entertaining read. While it is a fictional memoir, certain parts seem to be embellished, but then, this IS Sophie Tucker, so anything is possible.. All around, a fun, informational book.
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review I Am Sophie Tucker: A Fictional Memoir by Susan Ecker will be a page turner for you once you begin reading it.  It is written as though Sophie Tucker is telling her own story to you.  She tells her story from vaudeville to burlesque and then show business.  She lived her life without any regrets or apologies at all.  Included inside are pictures to bring to life the characters that she talks about in the book.  This book was  a fun book to read.  I gave it 4 stars.  I recommend it to everyone who has any interest in Sophie Tucker  or show business.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stands up and says i gotto go see ya later then winks and walks away