Sophie Tucker billed herself as such. Bette Midler loved, respected, and idolized Sophie (and I tend to think that the Divine Miss M was and is a red-hot mama too). Sophie was a large woman, in more ways than one. Yes, she was big, ample figured. But she was even bigger as a performer, one of the last vaudevillians to perform of that era. She poked fun at herself with a huge lusty voice that also played up her sensual sexual appetites. She was, indeed, one red-hot mama.