THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER
Date: Sunday, November 15
Time: 11 am
Location: National Museum of American Jewish History
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Director: William Gazecki
Running Time: 96 min
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Sophie Tucker may not be a household name in 2015, but make no mistake: she’s one of the most remarkable and highly regarded performers of the 20th century. An iconic Jewish singer/performer who spanned the eras of vaudeville, radio, film, and television, her career began at a vaudeville amateur night in 1907 and didn’t end until her death almost 60 years later. While her robust physique and unconventional looks didn’t initially mark Tucker for stardom, her ability to captivate audiences with her uniquely strong voice, outrageous sense of humor, brassy personality, and penchant for bawdy lyrics earned her the nickname, “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas.”
This crowd-pleasing documentary by Academy Award-nominated director William Gazecki draws much of its archival material from the 400+ life-spanning personal scrapbooks Tucker kept, as well as Tucker’s many friends, who enthusiastically contribute their memories, including Barbara Walters, Tony Bennett, Carol Channing, Shecky Greene, Paul Anka, Mickey Rooney, and Mamie Van Doren, among many other notables. THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER is a film brimming – much like the lady herself – with uncontainable personality, passion, and an immense zest for life.
Special Guest: Author Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff
Sponsors: National Museum of American Jewish History, Renee and Joe Zuritsky and Parkway Corporation
Community Partner: National Museum of American Jewish History