Sophie Tucker was born on January 13, 1886, in the Ukraine (then part of Russia), and her parents immigrated to the United States when she was a child. During her youth, Tucker sang at her mother's Hartford restaurant to entertain diners. Her professional career began in 1906, when she performed in blackface at the old Music Hall in New York City. Tucker also performed in burlesque and vaudeville and performed in several films, including Honky Tonk (1929). She died in 1966.
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