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Sophie Tucker (Tulchyn1886 - January 13, New York9 February 1966) was a singercomedian and one of the most popular entertainers in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century.

She was born Sonia Kalish in a Jewish family in Ukraine, but young emigrated with her family to Connecticut. Her parents started a restaurant, where they sang at a young age for some change of the guests. In 1903 she married at the age of 19 with Louis Tuck, where she made her surname Tucker. She continued to use this name after their divorce.They married again later, but this marriage was short-lived.

Tucker played piano and sang burlesqueand vaudeville songs. First in small theaters in New York. At the insistence of her career because they are too fat and ugly was stood by the theatre bosses. This took them myself with it in her song "Nobody Loves a Fat Girl, But Oh How a Fat Girl Can Love.

However, her act and took her popularity constantly increasing. They started to act with the Ziegfeld Follies, but soon had to stop because the other members of that group no longer wanted to stand in the shadow of Tucker, who often went all the attention.

In 1921 she began collaborating with pianist and songwriter Ted Shapiro, who accompanied her on the piano and the occasional funny dialog with loved her in between songs.During the 1920s the popularity of Tucker remained unaffected. They recorded the song and My Yiddish Momme from 1925 became part of the Jewish cultural heritage. In 1929 , she played her first film role inHonky Tonk.

In the fifties and sixties she performed a number of times on in very popular TV shows like The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show. She performed in the United States and the United Kingdom on until a few years before she died at the age of 82 to lung cancer.


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The style of Tucker had influence on some comédiennes by name, including Mae WestJoan RiversRoseanne Barr and, above all, Bette Midler. Midler brought the work of Tucker nearly 20 years after her death to the attention of the general public and again used the name Soph in her shows for themselves, when they the oblique jokes of Tucker-in the I-form-tells. Tucker also had influence on the entertainment industry bytrade unions to encourage actors in 1938 and was elected President of the American actors Federation.


  • "I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, honey, rich is better. "
  • "From birth to age eighteen, a girl needs good parents. From eighteen to thirty-five she needs good looks. From thirty-five to fifty-five, she needs a good personality. From fifty-five on, she needs good cash. "


  • Louisana Lou (1911) (Broadway)
  • Earl Carroll's Vanities of 1924 (1924) (Broadway)
  • Leave It to Me! (1938) (Broadway)
  • High Kickers (1941) (Broadway)


  • Honky Tonk (1929)
  • Gay Love (1934)
  • Paramount Headliner: Broadway Highlights No. 1 (1935)
  • Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
  • Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)
  • Follow the Boys (1944)
  • Sensations of 1945 (1944)
  • Screen Snapshots: The Great Showman (1950)
  • Screen snapshots: Hollywood's Great Entertainers (1953)
  • The Heart of Show Business (1957)
  • The Joker Is Wild (1957)


  • The Beatles played her song Till there was you already in their early years the heard in 1963Paul McCartney said that the original was his favorite American Group-Sophie Tucker.
  • RoxieIn the song, from the musical Chicago, referred to her.
  • Jean-Paul Sartre refers to her song Some of these days in his work La Nausée (1938).

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