Sophie Tucker. Who is Sophie Tucker? Prior to watching this documentary, appropriately titled “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” directed by Academy award nominated documentary filmmaker William Gazecki and produced and written by Susan and Lloyd Ecker, I had never heard of Sophie Tucker.
Sophie Tucker was ahead of her time. A jazz singer by trade; she wowed audiences from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. Her larger than life persona resonated on stage. She was the female mogul of her time.
As a singer, Sophie Tucker’s performances had a soulful quality. Her physical appearance wasn’t the norm. However, this in no way hindered her rise to fame and fortune. She was a savvy businesswoman who knew how to market herself.
On her travels throughout the United States, she carried a scrapbook in which among things, she logged the names and addresses of the people she met. Whenever she had an upcoming performance, she would inform the people in her book by sending them each a personal invitation to her performance. This in essence was an excellent marketing strategy. She was a master at marketing herself.
Sophie Tucker’s scrapbook collection, which was quite large, was used as a major source of information for the film. The writer and the director of the documentary were very successful in presenting the life of this female artiste.
Sophie said the following “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 cash.”
A must see.
THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER is now playing in NYC, LA, OC & Boston.
Now Playing in Select Theaters!
Boston – West Newton Cinema
Coming to Video-on-Demand August 11th
Written by Angela Ramsay