SOURCE: Innovative Films

December 15, 2009 07:00 ET

Sex Symbols Johnny Depp and Vaudeville Star Sophie Tucker Neck and Neck in Same Horse Race for Grammy Winner's Circle

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2009) - An unusual horse race is brewing between Grammy Award nominees Johnny Depp and Sophie Tucker, according to Innovative Films writer-producers Susan and Lloyd Ecker. While filly Zenyatta beat all the boys in the recent Breeders Cup Classic in California, Las Vegas oddsmakers are giddy over the race between People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive Johnny Depp and Sophie Tucker, the all time legendary vaudeville sex symbol. Both shared surprise Grammy nominations a couple of weeks ago.

"Just like de filly Zenyatta in the Breeders Cup, don't underestimate de original 'Last of the Red Hot Mamas' Sophie Tucker," said Las Vegas oddsmaker Sammy "Nails" Morton, a former infamous Chicago bookie. "If you seen Zenyatta win, you seen how the crowd took to her. They cheered her, they clapped for her, they loved her. Soph ain't no dainty little flower neither. She's a big ole beautiful mare herself, worth watching and she's closing fast. What a beautiful race dis is gonna be as dese two stars run neck and neck for de finish line!"

Innovative Films writer-producers Susan and Lloyd Ecker were nominated for Best Album Notes, "Sophie Tucker: Origins of the Red-Hot Mama, 1910-1922," for Archeophone Records. Depp was nominated for co-writing album notes with Douglas Brinkley on the Legacy soundtrack recording, "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson." The Tucker album received two Grammy nominations, for Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes.

Los Angeles will be the city of kings when the Grammy winners will be revealed January 31, 2010 on CBS, while The Eclipse Awards, the Oscars of horseracing, will be announced a week earlier, Jan. 18 in Beverly Hills. In either race, the hunch is don't bet against "de" filly.

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