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'Outrageous Sophie Tucker' captures entertainer's star power

'Outrageous Sophie Tucker' captures entertainer's star power

She is all but unknown today, but in 1962, when a poll asked Americans what they thought of when they heard the name "Sophie," 95% answered "Tucker." An easygoing documentary, "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker," is a genial attempt to raise her current profile.

As impressive as the extent of this singer's celebrity — Tony Bennett says "she was the biggest entertainer in show business at the time" — is the fact that Tucker was famous at all.

Not classically attractive and admittedly overweight — "Nobody Loves a Fat Girl but Oh How a Fat Girl Can Love" was one of her biggest hits — Tucker parlayed her drive,...