Personal theatrical history of the entertainment world, of ambition realized, as ""the last of the red hot mamas"" writes her unabashed autobiography. Sophi (Abuza) Tucker(er) was born in oston, raised in Hartford, saw her mother virtually a slave to the family restaurant, and determined to better herself. A runaway marriage and a baby and a too-easy-going husband made for a poor start, so Sophie ran away again, this time to New York and the start up the ladder to stardom. She sent money home continually; she fought against criticisms of ""too big and too ugly"" and learned, the hard way, to wig an audience -- learned, too, to be farthinking, thoughtful, appreciative. Blackface --German Gardens -- Tony Pastor's -- burlesque -- touring -- the Follies of 1909 and the questionable success of stopping the show. Then the race upward -- work with her band -- tours to England, and her boners in high society; her marriages, her love of horse racing, flops on the screen, her part in the vaudeville union, etc. Definitely show business focus, with nostalgic appeal -- all in good humor, honest appreciation.