If it wasn’t for Sophie Tucker, then the likes of Bette Midler, Joan Rivers and Barbra Streisand may have struggled to find their own fame.
Tucker, the pioneer of Girl Power in the early 20th century was a largish lady who oozed sex appeal and was a leading porponent of “If you’ve got it, then flaunt it” and she certainly did.
Singing in Yiddish, singing in English, she was the Last of the Red Hot Mamas.
An immigrant in America who left Russia with her parents, Tucker married young, had a child young and decided that the bright lights of Broadway was where she wanted to be and so she left her young child with her parents, divorced her hubby and headed off to New York.
And now, the Library Theatre in Luton is staging Sophie Tucker’s One Night Stand from 16 Novmeber to 18 November which offers a tribute to the one woman powerhouse.
Playing Tucker is Sue Kelvin who played the role of Mama Morton in Chicago which is said to be based on Sophie Tucker.
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