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Sophie Tucker, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sophie Tucker (January 13, 1884 - February 9, 1966) was a singer and comedian, one of the most popular United States entertainers of the first third of the 20th century.
She was born Sophia Kalish to a Jewish family in Czarist Russia; her family emigrated to the United States when she was an infant and settled in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1903, at the age of 19, she was briefly married to Louis Tuck; from which she decided to change her name to "Tucker."
Tucker played piano and sang burlesque and vaudeville tunes, at first in blackface. She later said that this was at the insistence of theater managers, who said she was "too fat and ugly" to be accepted by the audience in any other context. She even sang songs that acknowledged her heft, like "Nobody Loves a Fat Girl, But Oh How a Fat Girl Can Love."
At a 1908 appearance the luggage containing Tucker's makeup kit was stolen shortly before the show, and she hastily went on stage without her customary blackface. To the theater manager's surprise, Tucker was a bigger hit without her makeup than with it, and she never wore blackface again.
Sophie Tucker's comic style is credited with influencing later female entertainers, including Bette Midler, Joan Rivers, and Roseanne Barr. In addition to her performing, Tucker was active in efforts to unionize professional actors, and was elected president of the American Federation of Actors in 1938.
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