20th Century American Jewish Stardom: Between Eddie Cantor and Sophie Tucker

20th Century American Jewish Stardom: Between Eddie Cantor and Sophie Tucker

Book Launch and Talk with Authors Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff and David Weinstein, Moderated by Professor Hasia Diner

This event is generously co-sponsored by the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at New York University

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:00 pm

$10 general ● $5 students/AJHS members/seniors ● $12 at the door

Join us to celebrate the publication of two new essential books about two Jewish stars of 20th century US popular culture: Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff's book on Sophie Tucker and David Weinstein's book on Eddie Cantor.

Featuring materials from the AJHS collections pertaining to Eddie CantorThe Eddie Cantor Story: A Jewish Life In Performance and Politics chronicles the life and work of one of the most important entertainers of the 20th century. Eddie Cantor (1892-1964) starred in theater, film, radio, and television. His immense popularity across a variety of media, his pride in his Jewish heritage, and his engagement with pressing political issues of his time distinguished him from other headliners of his era. Paying equal attention to Cantor’s humor and politics, Weinstein documents his significance as a performer, philanthropist, and activist.

Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff’s entertaining biography, Red Hot Mama: the Life of Sophie Tucker, reveals how the “Last of the Red Hot Mamas” Sophie Tucker became one of the most powerful women in show business, blazing a trail for performers such as Judy Garland, Carol Channing, and Bette Midler. The AJHS is home to key collections of Jewish American actresses such as Molly Picon and Adah Isaacs Menken.