About us

In 1973, Ithaca College students Susan Denner and Lloyd Ecker went on their first date to see an up-and-coming new singer named Bette Midler. Over the course of the evening, the couple fell in love with the Divine Miss M., her Sophie Tucker jokes, and each other.

Over the last forty years, the Eckers got married and had three children, and developed Babytobee.com. The sale of that business in 2006 allowed Sue and Lloyd to pursue their passion for bringing Sophie Tucker’s life to the page, stage, and screen.

With one book, the first in a trilogy about Sophie Tucker’s life, and a documentary already under their belts, the Eckers now intend to take Sophie's story to Broadway with a musical, to Hollywood with a film version of that musical, and to the small screen in a long running television drama based on her unbelievable sixty-year showbiz career. Stay tuned to our website for these—and other!—exciting developments.

Interview with Sue and lloyd


Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Barbara Walters

Jerry Lewis

Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian

Gloria LeRoy

Paul Anka

Rhonda Fleming

Michael Feinstein

Julius LaRosa

Brenda Lee

Phil Ramone

Bette Midler 2008

Bobby Vinton

Bruce Vilanch

Aaron Sorkin

Bette Midler 2011

Kaye Ballard

Kaye Stevens

John York

Bette Midler 2007

Keely Smith

Lenny Green

Libi Staiger

Howard Rosenberg

Lynn Shapiro Wesch

Connie Stevens

Bette Midler 2010

Mamie Van Doren

Jan and Mickey Rooney

Rusty Warren

Sid Krofft

Chubby Checker

Don Dellair

Gerry and Maggie Leader

Jane Kean

Joe Franklin

Mark Fields and Nancy Spencer

Peter Marshall

Phyllis Newman

Ralph Young

Rose Marie

Shecky Greene

Peter Sudarsky

Steve Rossi

Suzy Abuza

Jim Bedoian, Jim and Lana Stettler

Taris Savell

Tony Martin

Vic Arnell

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