Sophie Tucker (1887-1966)
Celebrated singer and actress (Inducted 1999)
The daughter of Ukrainian parents who immigrated to Connecticut, she performed in Vaudeville and soon became a headliner. As her popularity grew, Tucker shared top billing with many of the 20th century's most famous stars including Will Rogers, Jack Benny and Fanny Brice. In 1911, Tucker recorded "Some of These Days," which became her trademark. She performed in early films beginning in 1929 and during the 1930s and 1940s she was instrumental in unionizing professional actors. In 1929, she made her film debut and continued to appear in movies during the 1930s and 1940s; she was instrumental in unionizing professional actors. Sophie Tucker's gravesite is located in Emanuel Synagogue Cemetery at 1360 Berlin Turnpike in Wethersfield.
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