(1884 - 1966)
Born in Russia, Tucker immigrated to the United States
and settled with her family in Hartford, Connecticut, where she helped out
at her parents' kosher diner and roominghouse. Surrounded by theater
performers at a young age, Tucker began singing for her customers.
After a failed marriage, with her her son staying in Hartford, Tucker moved
to New York and got a vaudeville job. First performing in blackface, she
soon began singing the songs that made her famous, including
"Some of These Days" and "My Yiddishe Momma,"
throughout the world. She played in several films in the 1930s and
1940s. Tucker's financial independence was important to her and her
philanthropy included personal, as well as, institutional contributions to
actors guilds, Jewish and Zionist causes,
synagogues and hospitals. Her work challenged stereotypes of age, size and
gender and one historian has labeled her a feminist of pop culture.
Sources: Jewish Women's