Sophie Tucker


Actress and comedienne Sophie Tucker. She was one of the most popular entertainers of the first half of the 20th century, and earned the nickname “Last of the red-hot mammas”.

Arriving at Hotel Vancouver on a Sunday, Sophie roared “I gotta have a drink!”, but BC was totally dry on Sunday in those days. My reporter was able to tell her how to get a bootleg bottle of rye delivered by calling a certain taxi company: cost of a bottle plus $5 tip. The three of us put a pretty big dent in that bottle.

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