January 13, 1887 – February 9, 1966
Everyone seems to love Melissa McCarthy nowadays. She's funny, we give her that. She's also... how do we put it nicely... zaftig. And in modern society, funny and zaftig is not a combination you see too often, especially for women.
A century ago, funny and zaftig was in. One of most famous and popular comedic performers was Sophie Tucker, a Ukrainian-born Jew who starred in vaudeville and carried through to Broadway and film. Billed as "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas", she performed for the King of England and was friends with Al Capone. Tucker's act was sexual and risque; she laughed about taboo subjects. Two of her most popular songs? "I Don't Want to Get Thin" and "Nobody Loves a Fat Girl, But Oh How a Fat Girl Can Love". Clearly, she was ahead of her time.
Tucker's most famous song? "My Yiddishe Momme".
We don't think Melissa McCarthy would ever go there...
March 6, 2017