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Sophie Tucker
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    (January 13, 1884-February 9, 1966)
    Born in Russian Federation
    Birth name was Sonia Kalish
    Appeared in the films 'Honky Tonk' (1929), 'The Broadway Melody of 1938' (1937) and 'Follow the Boys' (1944)
    Appeared on Broadway in 'Earl Carroll's Vanities' (1924) and 'Leave It To Me!' (1938)
    Songs included 'Some of These Days,' 'My Yiddishe Mamma,' 'After You've Gone,' 'Cheatin' On Me,' 'I'm Living Alone' and 'M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World To Me)'
    Nicknamed the Last of the Red Hot Mamas
    She was in three short-lived marriages that ended in divorce.
    She began in vaudeville by performing in blackface.
    She was let go from the Ziegfeld Follies for scene stealing.
    A Broadway musical about her life closed after only eight performances (1963).
    Much of her schtick was borrowed by Bette Midler.
    After a censor tried to shut down her show over her suggestive songs, the theater held her over for two weeks of sold-out shows (1910).
    'My Yiddishe Mama' was banned by Nazi Germany.
    She was president of the American Federation of Actors (1938).
    She endowed a chair in theater arts at Brandeis University (1955).
    During a London show, she greeted George VI with 'Hiya, King!'

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