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Historical Society Presents “Schmoozing with Sophie”

A chance to "meet" Sophie Tucker, the "Last of the Red Hot Mammas."

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the Tewksbury Historical Society.)

Who is Sophie Tucker, (1884 – 1966)?

If you do not know, she will be at the and the story is for adults only!  Actress Linda Myer will portray Sophie on May 19, 2011 at the Tewksbury Senior Center  (7 p.m.).

So who is Sophie Tucker?  In 1928, Sophie Tucker, “last of the red-hot mamas,” returned from her third successful tour of England, including command performances for the royal family.  She’s on her way to Hollywood to break into the new “talking pictures.”

Sophie’s life story began in much humbler surroundings, the crowed tenements of Boston’s North End when it was the heart of a vibrant Russian Jewish immigrant community.  In 1906, she fled the drudgery of the family’s restaurant business in Hartford, CT and a failed marriage, which produced a son, and moved to New York.  With her big voice, brassy charm, hard work and chutzpah, Sophie climbed the ladder of show business success – from singing for tips in a rowdy bar to headlining at New York’s famed Palace Theater, the pinnacle of vaudeville success.  

 Tickets for this performance can be reserved by emailing the tewksburyhistoricalsociety@msn.com or may be purchased at the Tewksbury Library’s Local History Room (2nd floor) on any Tuesday from 3:30-5:30.  Tickets for members of the Tewksbury Society are priced at $8.00 and for non-members are priced at $10.00.  Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets at a reduced rate of $6.00 for each ticket bought in the group.

Tickets sold by the will go to our efforts to preserve local history, educate people about Tewksbury history and purchase a historic building in Tewksbury.  Tickets sold by the Pow-wow Oak Protectors will go toward the renovation and preservation of the Pow-wow Oak Historic Site located on Clark Road, in both Lowell and Tewksbury.  Please come and enjoy this adult show and support and learn about local history.

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