Prologue Extras  

“The Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” written by Jack Yellen and Milton Ager in 1928, would be associated with Sophie for the rest of her career.

Betty Hutton was an actress, comedienne, and singer most famous for starring in the film Annie Get Your Gun (1950). Critics described her as a brassy, energetic performer with a voice that could sound like a fire alarm, much in the Sophie Tucker mold. Her career as a Hollywood star ended due to a contract dispute with Paramount because of her insistence that her husband at the time, Charles O'Curran, direct Sophie Tucker’s musical biography. Paramount refused her, and the Sophie Tucker project died.

Sophie, then 73, appeared on the popular television show What's My Line in 1957. She was still working fifty weeks a year in both England and the United States. From the first second Tucker signs in on the chalk board she is instantly recognizable to the studio audience. At this point in her career, Sophie was a household name as famous as Elvis.