Q&A with William Gazecki and producers Susan and Lloyd Ecker at both screenings
Spend an evening winding through the many personalities of the so-called “Queen of Vaudeville”: theater, radio, and television icon Sophie Tucker. Born in Russia into a poor Jewish family in 1887, her campaign to capture Hollywood’s heart is one of the most marvelous rags-to-riches stories of the century. The hallmark styles of Mae West, Bette Midler, and even Madonna all find some roots in Tucker’s brassy nonchalance, and The Outrageous Sophie Tucker captures it all, with the help of 400 newly discovered scrapbooks that belonged to the Queen herself. A Menemsha Films release.