SOURCE: Innovative Films

June 21, 2010 08:00 ET

Singers Michael Feinstein, Tony Bennett, and Paul Anka Set for Cameos in The Outrageous Sophie Tucker Biopic

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) -  Singer Michael Feinstein, Tony Bennett, and Paul Anka have been set for cameo appearances in The Outrageous Sophie Tucker, Innovative Film's feature length, musically driven documentary film currently in production, with Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated director William Gazecki helming to biopic, it was announced today by the film's executive producers, Susan and Lloyd Ecker.

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker film will provide audiences with an unvarnished, inside look at the torrid, tumultuous, and ribald Life and Times of Sophie Tucker, the Roaring 20s bawdy, risqué, and oversized recording artist who made her mark as a vaudeville, Broadway, and supper club performer. She was the darling of her day whose songs caused even the most sophisticated audiences to blush with laughter.

"Our goal for Sophie's film," stated the Eckers, "is for the world to know and appreciate this fascinating, talented and iconic star. Looking back, she was truly a renaissance woman not afraid to take chances and raise the bar with her provocative and unconventional songs. Sophie laid the groundwork for other unconventional musical performers of today such as Cher, Bette Midler, and Madonna who have, in their own way, followed in her ever-changing footsteps, reinventing themselves the way Sophie did throughout her sixty years as a headliner."

According to Gazecki, "Sophie Tucker was more than a performer. She was an institution built on having fun with sex, and humor was her approach to laugh the old-fashioned mores of her generation. The more irreverent she was, the more popular she became, and she became very popular. One of the things that made Sophie unique was her ability to constantly change her material to suit the moods and reflect headlines of the times in which she lived. 

"Susan and Lloyd Ecker's amazing research and collection of first-person and historic interviews, photographs, newspaper clippings, and their Grammy-nominated liner notes of Sophie's early recording (1910-1921), together with Sophie's extensive personal collection reflecting her life as a performer and controversial figure provides The Outrageous Sophie Tucker biopic with the material and the evidence to support our contention that this was one hell of a fascinating and very special human being," Gazecki concluded.

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